2nd Armoured Brigade (Poland)
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2nd (Warsaw) Armoured Brigade (Polish: 2 Warszawska Brygada Pancerna) was a unit of the Polish Armed Forces in the West that existed from 1942 to 1945. From 1945 to 1947 it was redesignated as the 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division. (Polish: 2 Warszawska Brygada Pancerna) The unit was the armoured wing of the 2nd (Polish) Corps.
General officer commanding: Brig. General Gustaw Paszkiewicz then Brig. General Bronisław Rakowski.
Following the upgrade to Division, Rakowski became GOC 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division. Colonel Ziemowit Grabowski became CO 2 Armoured Brigade.
1945 Upgrade to Division
In 1945 the Brigade was upgraded to Division strength and it stood as follows:
- Polish 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division. CO: Brig.Gen. Bronisław Rakowski
- Carpathian Uhlan/Lancer Regiment (Divisional Recce)
- 2nd Warsaw Armoured Brigade
- 16th Pomorska Infantry Brigade
- 64th Pomorski Infantry Battalion
- 66th Pomorski Infantry Battalion
- 68th Pomorski Infantry Battalion
- 16th Pomorski Support Company
- Other Divisional Units
- HQ Division Artillery
- 7th Horse Artillery Regiment
- 16th Pomorski Light Artillery Regiment
- 2nd Anti-tank Regiment
- 2nd Light Anti-aircraft Regiment
- 2nd Warszawski Signals Battalion
- 2nd Warszawski Engineer Battalion
- 9th Forward Tank Replacement Squadron
- 9th Supply Company
- 19th Supply Company
- 28th Supply Company
- 9th Workshop Company
- 16th Workshop Company
- 2nd Armoured Division Military Police (Provost) Company
- 9th Field Court
- 343 Anti-malaria Section
Tank names and markings
Tanks in the 2nd Armoured Brigade (and later Division) were all named, the names being painted in the squadron colours. The turret also had a diamond, triangle, square or circle painted to show squadron number.
- Stencilled versions of the regimental badges featured on the tank turrets; either separately or inside the squadron signs: a scorpion for the 4th Regiment, a lion for the 6th Regiment and two palm trees and a crescent moon for the Carpathian Lancers. The exception to this were the Krechowiecki Lancers who used a horse head symbol.
- Some of the name were replicated and the version was indicated by a Roman numeral so, for example, there was a Rekord I, Rekord II and a Rekord III.
Poganin Pirat Powab Pawian Piesc Pigmej Pazur Piorun Przeboj Pantera Perkun Parada Perla Pomsta Puma Piesc Paluszek Paluch Pajac Pudel Plomien Paf Puchacz Puhar Poleszuk Perkun Pat Plomien Portos Paz Pegaz Potwor Pif Pogon Phantom Ridge Potor
Krechowiak Koziatyn Komarow Krokodyl Korosten Krylow
Burza Bizon Brawura Brat Buzenko Bestja Bystry Bohun Brytan Bekas Blyskawica Bobr Bajka Buzdygan Basn Bawol Boa Bolko Boruta Bromka Brutal Busola Babinicz Ballada Baska Bat Beduin Birkut Biruta Bohdanka Bozenka Brzask Biruta Bor
Carpathian Lancers Regiment
Tobruk Acroma Cassino