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ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2018 3:57 a.m. PST

I know that the Poles were kitted out in standard British uniforms but did they wear a distinct headgear such as a beret? The paras used a black beret, how about commando units or infantry units? I tried googling images & got confusing pics. Any help will be appreciated.

John Armatys06 Nov 2018 5:18 a.m. PST

"Allies in Battledress" by Jean Bouchery, Histoire & Collections, 2012 says that the Polish airborne beret was grey-blue, replacing a lighter coloured beret worn before June 1943. "It was worn with the badge over the centre of the forehead and pulled towards the back of the head; this was true for all Polish soldiers wearing berets".

1st Polish Armoured Division wore black berets. Page 130 shows a khaki beret worn by Podhale Rifle Battalion, who were ordered to wear black RAC berets at the beginning of 1945.

khanscom06 Nov 2018 9:26 a.m. PST

Squadron/Signal "British Commandos in Action" has one illustration of a Polish commando. This shows a medal presentation so may not be typical of combat dress; headgear is the green beret with a white metal Polish eagle cap badge, and a red, arched patch with white "POLAND" embroidered worn at the sleeve seam.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2018 9:31 a.m. PST

Thanks guys.

Gerard Leman15 Nov 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

Also, officers, and possibly some NCO's as well, continued to wear the rogatywka (the square-topped peaked cap used prior to 1940).

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