Polish Mechanised Division

OK here is the first Orbat for my Alt-History Poles, as they are currently in action at the Klinkerhoff Gap I thought it might be helpful to add this now – I was waiting until I had finished off a few bits as to take photo’s but I can add them later (nowt but professional me!).

As I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to base the ‘imagined’ forces in this project on real life TO&E’s, with a few tweaks here and there. For the Poles I sort of extrapolated their pre-WW2 units, with a French influence for their organisation and basing their equipment on Vickers products with some French kit thrown in for good measure – Nigeria had just that so that’s where the basis for the equipment mix came from. This also gave Saurer APC’s from Austria and Piranha APC’s from Switzerland, so I had to go for it – this meant I could use Canadian Grizzly/Cougars which are, quite frankly, well cool!

As for organisation I very nearly went the whole Nigerian hog as they’ve got quite a distinct one, but in the end I’ve based it on the Polish Cold War Naval Landing Division, which does give a slightly French feel to the unit as it consists of Regiments that are smaller than Soviet ones but bigger than ‘regular’ battalions.

There are 10 Mechanised Divisions in the Polish Army, 1 being a reserve unit, so form the majority of the Army’s strength.

Mechanised Division

HQ Coy

  • 1 radio Truck
  • 1 Cmnd APC

AD Btln

  • 3 SPtw35mm adg
  • 3 SP Roland SAM

Art Regt

  • 1 foo Ferret
  • 3 Palmaria sp
  • 1 mrls

Eng Btln

  • 3 Cys
    • 2 Eng (3 ar, rg)
    • 1 Combat eng (3 ar, rg, lmg, maw, 1 flm)
    •  3 apc
  • 1 Cy
    • 2 AVLB
    • 2 CEV

Divisional Amd Cav Regt

  • Recon Coy
    • 3 recon Fox amd cars
  • Inf Coy
    • 2 Armoured Cav (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 1 Armd Cav/ATGM
    • 3 Panhard m3 apc
  • 3 Amd Coys
    • 2 AML-90
    • 1 AML-60

2 Mechanised Infantry Regts from:

12 x Tracked Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-4fu
    • 1 Blowpipe Manpad team
    • 1 Striker sp ATGM
    •  1 4k-7f-81 sp81mmM
  • 5 Coys
    • 3 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 3 4k-7f apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-77 (Vickers mk.3

OR

6 x Wheeled Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd Piranha (will come up with suitable Polish name soon)
    • 1 Blowpipe Manpad team
    • 1 Ferret/Swingfire
    • 1 81mmM
    • 1 Piranha APC (tow for the 81mmM – wish there was an SP version available!)
  • 5 Coys
    • 3 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 3 Piranha apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-77 (Vickers mk.3)

1 xArmoured Regt               (6 Mk3m, 3 Mk3)

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd 4k-7fu
    • 1 Vickers ARV
    • 1 Blowpipe manpad team
    • 1 Striker
    • 1 4k-7f-GrW81 sp81mmM
  • 2 Coys
    • 3 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, law, maw)
    • 3 4k-7f-20 aifv
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 PT-77m or PT-77 (Vickers mk.3)
Divisional Cavalry Regt Armoured Car-tastic!
Divisional Cavalry Regt
Armoured Car-tastic!
Fox's on the right, AML-90 and AML-60's to the left.
Fox’s on the right, AML-90 and AML-60’s to the left.
Cavalry Regt infantry element. Company in Panhard M3 with one platoon carrying Milan.
Cavalry Regt infantry element. Company in Panhard M3 with one platoon carrying Milan.
Wheeled Mechanised Regt. (I'm actually short a whole Infantry Company - waiting for the APC's now!)
Wheeled Mechanised Regt.
(I’m actually short a whole Infantry Company – waiting for the APC’s now!)
Infantry element with 81mm Mortar platoon to the right.
Infantry element with 81mm Mortar platoon to the right.
Close up of the Grizzly APC - one of my favourites, cool bit of kit!
Close up of the Grizzly APC – one of my favourites, cool bit of kit!
Ferret with Swingfire - AT support for the Regt.  Mortar Platoon vehicle behind it.
Ferret with Swingfire – AT support for the Regt.
Mortar Platoon vehicle behind it.
PT-77 Tank Company. (Polish built Vickers Mk.3)
PT-77 Tank Company.
(Polish built Vickers Mk.3)
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