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Re: The official AHF Poland quiz thread

Post by Marcus » 07 Mar 2013 19:32

Time for a new question here?

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Re: The official AHF Poland quiz thread

Post by henryk » 12 Mar 2013 18:57

What is the name of the ship on which 35 Polish navy officers were lost in a battle in the Pacific?

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So, no answers.
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/ships/usn/ ... [quote]USS Gambier Bay CVE-73
USN Casablanca Class Escort Carrier
Meanwhile, the Japanese threw their entire fleet against American naval power in a desperate gamble to destroy the large concentration of American shipping in Leyte Gulf. Powerful enemy forces, comprised of carriers, battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, converged on the Philippines in a three pronged attack to the south, center, and north. The Japanese Southern Force met disaster before dawn 25 October as it tried to drive through Surigao Strait to join the Center Force off Leyte Gulf. While steaming through the Sibuyan Sea en route to San Bernardino Strait, the Center Force was hit hard on the 24th by hundreds of planes from Admiral Halsey's fast attack carriers. After the Battle of Sibuyan Sea, Admiral Halsey no longer considered the Center Force a serious menace, and he sent the carriers north to intercept decoy carriers of the Japanese Northern Force off Cape Engano.
Sinking History
These swift moving events left the escort carriers of "Taffy 3" as lone sentinels off Samar, and unaware of the nighttime movement of the Center Force. However, shortly after sunrise 25 October, a gap in the morning mist disclosed the pagoda-like masts of enemy battleships and cruisers on the northern horizon. The still dangerous enemy force of more than 20 ships had slipped undetected through San Bernardino Strait and down the fog-shrouded coast of Samar, bound for Leyte Gulf.
Despite the probable outcome of an engagement between two so unequal surface forces, the presence of enemy ships in Leyte Gulf was unthinkable; and "Taffy 3" turned to do battle against the enemy. Immediately, an urgent call for help went out from "Taffy 3" as the escort carriers steamed eastward and launched planes that tried to score hits with torpedoes, bombs, and strafe until their ammunition ran out, then make dummy runs to break the enemy formation and delay its advance. Smoke was laid down to cover their running fight as the destroyers ducked in and out of the mist and smoke to charge battleship, cruiser, and destroyer formations point-blank until ordered back to cover the escort carriers with more smoke. The lone 5 inch gun of Gambier Bay spat out at an enemy cruiser that was shelling her; and destroyer Heerman (DD-532) made an unsuccessful effort under the combined fire of the heavy enemy ships to save Gambier Bay.
Gambier Bay was dead in the water as three cruisers closed to point blank range. Fires raged through the riddled escort carrier. She capsized and sank at 0907 on October 25, 1944 with the majority of her nearly 800 survivors rescued by landing and patrol craft dispatched from Leyte Gulf.
Gambier Bay and other ships of "Taffy 3," aided by planes of "Taffy 2," had stopped the powerful Japanese Center Force and inflicted a great loss. Two enemy cruisers were sunk, much damage inflicted on the other ships, and this overwhelmingly powerful surface fleet was turned back by the escort carriers and their screen of destroyers and destroyer-escorts.
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In early 1944, after a successful agreement between the US Navy and the Polish Navy, USS Gambier Bay accepted a number of Polish sailors who were to train themselves in modern naval warfare. When lost, 35 Polish officers were killed on the ship.

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Re: The official AHF Poland quiz thread

Post by henryk » 06 Sep 2013 18:14

An easy one.
Where was the American Embassy moved to in Poland from Warsaw in 1939?

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Post by henryk » 08 Oct 2013 18:51

Any one?

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Post by von thoma » 10 Oct 2013 04:21

Paris (France) until 1940.
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Post by henryk » 10 Oct 2013 19:15

Between Warsaw and Paris. It was in Poland.

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Post by henryk » 06 Nov 2013 19:28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniatyn
Sniatyn is a city located in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, in western Ukraine along the Prut river. It is the administrative center of the Sniatynsky Raion (district), and is located at around Coordinates: 48°̊27 '0″N 25°̊34 '0″E. The current estimated population is around 10,500 (as of 2001). In the interbellum period, it was a rail border crossing between Poland and Romania.

In 1939 Sniatyn was the temporary seat of American embassy in Poland, as the diplomatic personnel abandoned Warsaw after the first Nazi bombings.
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Post by Graham Clayton » 14 Apr 2014 05:02

In mid-1926 the Polish military built a one-off tank which featured unusual “armament”. What was the armament?
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Gas cylinders?
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Post by Graham Clayton » 21 Apr 2014 10:03

Greg,

Correct - The Polish Military Gas Institute built a one-off tank on a Renault FT17 chassis, which had twin gas cylinders in place of a turret. It was designed to create smoke screens, but could also be used for chemical attacks.

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Post by henryk » 19 May 2014 18:15

Which German Ally aided Poland in the Warsaw Uprising?

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Post by henryk » 23 Jun 2014 19:06

http://cosmopolitanreview.com/poland-an ... smopolitan Review: a Transatlantic Review of Things Polish, in English
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Features

Poland and Hungary: Sto lat!
Posted by Stephen Drapaka on March 30, 2014 at 7:05 am

The Hungarians were also there to assist the Poles at the end of the war.  Amazingly, during the Warsaw Uprising, Hungarian troops nominally allied with the Germans provided substantial aid and supplies to the Poles and there are reports of Hungarians switching sides to fight alongside their Polish brothers and sisters.  Indeed there were many efforts by Hungarians to switch sides during the war, a tendency noted by the Germans who warned the Hungarians multiple times against joining the fight alongside the Poles.  Among Hungarians who fought in the Warsaw Uprising is József Vonyik, buried together with six unidentified comrades in a Warsaw grave.
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... G[quote]“A grave of capt. of Hungarian honveds (ed: members of Hungarian Army)and six of his men who fell fighting on the Polish side during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944
Raszyn cemetery near Warsaw”[/quote]
http://www.honved.estranky.cz/clanky/ma ... stani.html
Google translation from Czech of a Czech translation of an article in a Hungarian military magazine.
Hungarians in the Warsaw Uprising
21st 11th 2013
  Let me translate an article that I found in the Hungarian military magazines REGIMENT of 2012 in issue 3, article written by master Polgar TAMÁS.
 
Friendship in arms
 
Madara VE Warsaw Uprising
 
  At the outbreak of military operations of the Polish resistance movement "Burza - The Tempest", whose aim was to liberate Poland before the arrival of the Red Army on the Polish territory was several departments of the Hungarian royal army. In mid-August 1944, the twelfth and fifth Reserve Division and First Cavalry Division remained in Warsaw and the twenty-third resting in the forest near the town of Kampinos. Contingent commander was altábornagy Vatayi Antal. These units were originally well armed with heavy weapons and opancéřovanými means, but Hitler's wishes were Pripjaťských swamps around Siniawky thrown headlong into battle with the Soviets, during which suffered large losses. After the defeat of division were forced to retreat to the north and the heavy defensive battles at the river Bug withdrew to the Polish capital, where he tried to straighten his broken family. Thanks to the efforts of Hungarian soldiers Soviets failed to encircle the Mordy and Losice German XX. Corps, and to the east of Warsaw around cities Karlowek Wołomin a whole month srdnatně fought as part of the IV. SS Armoured Corps and often in single combat had to push the Russians from their position.
 
  August 20, these units were reassigned under direct German command as a backup of the German 9th Army under General Nikolaus von VORMANN. The Germans wanted to use to suppress the uprising in Warsaw, despite the fact that Hungarians trust. It also indicates that as early as March 1944 they took all the maps. Hungarian Honved refused to carry out orders of his "ally'' and not to fight against the Poles, whom they considered their friends. When this leadership Armia Krajowa (AK) learns tried to connect with the Hungarian command which eventually succeeded. In mid-August as a message from the commander of the AK General Tadeusz Komorowski concluded an agreement on mutual friendship and non-aggression with the Hungarian army. To open cooperation, however, can not be as common fight against the Germans would have dire consequences for the Hungarians. Not even occur to meet the higher command level agreement concluded therefore lower commanders, but that their superiors accepted. Hungarian soldiers during the uprising remained passive in their position, which marked the visible signs "neutral territory". Its neutrality, but they took quite friendly to the Poles and regularly supplied them with bandages, medicines, food and ammunition. Poles fleeing the Russian and Ukrainian SS troops had free passage through their position, but the pursuers passage banned Recalling his,, neutrality '. There were rare situations in which they were treated by the Hungarian dressing station Poles. The Germans knew this of course, but the Hungarians are buckling threats. And also refused to release his findings on the rebel group of forest Kampinos with which they were connected. On the other hand, the Poles passed the report on the position and movement of the Germans and their plans. General himself Antoni Chruściel wrote in his memoirs: "Since Mokotów south established Hungarian units behave the Polish population very friendly, alert them to the Germans and obstructing our actions. Hungarians have received a warning that the area neighborhoods Służew and Wilanów the Germans were going to attack. And so we had time to regroup their forces and force the Germans to hard fighting. "
 

Hungarian soldiers on the school yard, where they were staying.
Warsaw district Milanówek. (see source for photo)
 
  At that time, August 21, writes Vormann Force Commander Gen. fighting an uprising of General von dem Bach-Zalewskému: "I consider it a duty to draw attention to here is staying Hungarian unit and its irresponsible behavior threaten our heavy fighting." Four days after that, draws attention to his commander on the events in Budapest and the related possibility that the Hungarians could go openly rebels. Thus several SS units received secret orders to take action against them if it was necessary.
 
  From time to time, however, happen to be a Hungarian soldier actively involved in the fighting. Sergeant Vonyik József (some sources incorrectly state that he was captain) and six of his men (names have unfortunately not survived) were killed in fighting on the side of the rebels. Their common grave Poles still maintain.
 
  In late September, Hungarians, Germans withdrew from the vicinity of Warsaw as unreliable. The uniforms of the 1st Cavalry Division Hungarians smuggled into his country about 500 wounded Poles. According to witnesses, thus helping other units. Downloading took a course at a time when the rebels gave up halts in several Hungarian troops. A lot of wounded insurgents therefore grateful for life to them.
 

The graves of two Hungarian Honved among Polish patriots at the cemetery in the district Milanówek. (see source for photo)
 
  After returning to Hungary October 2, 1944 the 1st Cavalry Division, in recognition of his combat merit in revenue Regent renamed the 1st Hussar Division. Later in the vicinity Csongrad its troops are fighting against the river Tisza překročivším Russian and Romanian troops. In October 1944, around Kiskunfélegyháza Division fought their last battle in military history on horseback. After the siege of Budapest, the Hussars in Vértes competed with the Soviet ranged units, then unsuccessfully attempted to take Csákvár. In the rear-guard battles around the 29th March 1945 cross borders and around Linz before the Americans made up arms. In Poland, especially in Warsaw today with reverence and gratitude remember the Hungarian troops. In the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising August 20, 2011 (the date of statehood Hungary) unveiled a memorial stone to an unknown Hungarian Honved, which the Germans shot for being granted his weapon Polish insurgents. In a place where there is a monument, it is possible to listen to the audio commentary on these events and in Hungarian. It pronunciation Hungarian ambassador in Warsaw Kis Róbert.

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Re: The official AHF Poland quiz thread

Post by henryk » 23 Jun 2014 19:07

Anyone with a new question?

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Re: The official AHF Poland quiz thread

Post by durb » 28 Oct 2014 18:58

Well, lets revive this thread. Not with too difficult question. Identify these planes:
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