"Ander's army"

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"Ander's army"

Post by daveh » 12 Jul 2003 12:39

I have read with interest the post

Were Polish Red Army soldiers traitors?

and was wondering if anyone could provide details of the formation, organisation and equipment of the "Ander's army" and its subsequent move to the West

I assume that any materials initially provided by the Soviets was returned when the "Ander's army" left the Soviet Union, is this correct?

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Post by Musashi » 12 Jul 2003 13:37

In short:
The Second Polish Corps (a part of 8th British Army) during the Battle of Monte Cassino:
3rd Mountain Infanrty Division (3 Karpacka Dywizja Piechoty)
It was a brigade during the Battle of Tobruk, and it was transformed to division after it got replacements of Anders' soldiers
5th Infanrty Division (5 Kresowa Dywizja Piechoty)
Armoured Cavalry Brigade (Armoured - the Polish phrase is traditional like for example "hussars" in the British Army; I don't remember its number)
at least one independent commando company
More informations soon. Thanks for your interesting :)

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Post by daveh » 12 Jul 2003 16:47

Thank you for your information Musashi. I look forward to any more that you can provide.

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Re: "Ander's army"

Post by Oleg Grigoryev » 12 Jul 2003 22:37

daveh wrote:I have read with interest the post

Were Polish Red Army soldiers traitors?

and was wondering if anyone could provide details of the formation, organisation and equipment of the "Ander's army" and its subsequent move to the West

I assume that any materials initially provided by the Soviets was returned when the "Ander's army" left the Soviet Union, is this correct?
it was not returned, however it was given credit via LL shipments.

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Post by daveh » 12 Jul 2003 23:09

Thank you Oleg

I had assumed it was returned principally because of the difficulty of supplying and maintaining soviet equipment outside the Soviet Union.

What use, if any, was made of this equipment? Surely it was replaced by standard British items before these men went into action

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Post by Oleg Grigoryev » 13 Jul 2003 00:03

I think you misunderstood me –it was not returned. It was given a price estimation and later USSR received some Land-Lease equipment that matched that price. As for for weapons itself - As far as I know it was used until ammo stocks was exhausted and then it was replaced by allied equipment.

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Post by Musashi » 13 Jul 2003 12:19

http://wiem.onet.pl/wiem/003505.html#s03
http://wiem.onet.pl/wiem/0059dd.html - a very little film
http://wiem.onet.pl/wiem/00f0b4.html - another one
http://wiem.onet.pl/wiem/00ffc9.html - gen. Wladyslaw Anders meets Polish kids in Teheran
http://wiem.onet.pl/wiem/008f1b.html - Battle of Britain - Polish fighters scramble (a little off topic)
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Post by Musashi » 13 Jul 2003 12:44

http://www.szkolaandersa.com/patron/patron.html - a biography of gen. Anders in Polish
http://www.zrodlo.krakow.pl/archiwum/2003/19/08.html - Polish military cementary near Monte Cassino

So tell me what you want,you really, really want!
I'll tell you what you want, you really, really want:

http://www.pcdeal.com/polish/2ndcorpus.htm - :lol: - an excellent link in English
now little back - more details http://www.pcdeal.com/polish/ - very interesting :) (Its a site dedicated to 2nd Polish Corps) - click divisions' links
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Post by PolAntek » 14 Jul 2003 00:02

Thanks for the links Musashi

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Post by daveh » 14 Jul 2003 00:42

wow Musashi this will keep me going for a while. Many many thanks.

If I have any more questions I will ask in a months or so time :D

Thanks again.

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