Coëtquidan

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Camp Coëtquidan (Camp de Coëtquidan) is a French military educational facility located in the Morbihan department of Brittany in France. It forms a part of the commune of Guer and covers an area of approximately 64 km².

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World War II[edit]

During the war, Coëtquidan was the main army camp used by the Polish Army formed on French soil in September 1939.[1] It furnished the Polish Independent Highland Rifle Brigade [2] that operated in Norway and then briefly in Brittany under General Bohusz-Szyszko in April–June 1940.[3] It also furnished the 1st Grenadier Division that operated on the Lorraine front under General Duch in May–June 1940.[4] In addition it began the training of armoured units that would be sent to the Bollène area in the south of France before being used to form the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade that operated in the Marne–Côte-d’Or area under General Maczek in June 1940.[5]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbarski, Krzysztof, Polish Armour 1939–45 (Osprey, London, 1982), p. 11
  2. ^ Komisja Historyczna Polskiego Sztabu Głownego w Londynie, Polskie Siły Zbrojne w Drugiej Wojnie Światowej, vol. 2, part 1 (Instytut Historyczny im. Gen. Sikorskiego, London, 1959), p. 45
  3. ^ Zaloga, Steven J., The Polish Army 1939–45 (Osprey, London, 1982), p. 14
  4. ^ Ministère des Armées, État-Major de l’Armée de Terre, Service Historique, Guerre 1939–1945: Les Grandes Unités Françaises: Historiques Succincts (Paris, 1967), vol. 3, p. 293–300
  5. ^ Barbarski, Op. cit., p.11, 13-14

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Coordinates: 47°56′31″N 2°08′06″W / 47.941894°N 2.134963°W / 47.941894; -2.134963