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Tango0114 Aug 2017 4:10 p.m. PST

… Tank Company (121 Kompania Czołgów Lekkich)

"So, these were really the only truly armoured vehicles that the Poles were able to field with the Black Brigade (I hesitate to include the tankettes as they were so woefully armed and armoured).

Poland had bought 38 Vickers E tanks in the early '30's (although some uncorroborated reports state that a further 12 were bought for spares and repairs) and by 1934 were the central asset around which the new 3rd Armoured Battalion had been formed in Warsaw. Around 1937 however, with the arrival on the scene of the 7TP tank the Vickers E tanks were turfed out of their comfortable Warsaw home and bundled off to Zurawica, near Przemysl where they joined the 2nd Armoured Battalion. The second unit equipped with Vickers tanks was the 11th Armoured Battalion in the Armoured Weapons Training Centre in Modlin.

Five tanks in each battalion were so called 'mob' (mobilisation) reserves and were not used in peacetime. The remainder of the two tank battalions tanks were used intensively right the way up to the break out of the second world war and as such by the time the war started they were already worn out…"
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