Polish Mechanised Division

OK here is the first Orbat for my Alt-History Modern madness which I have just edited as the TO&E has changed somewhat since inception and the new version of the list has just been released! For the full OOB of the Polish Armed Forces look here: https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/polish-army/

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 Cmnd OT-64/Sigs LandRover
  • 1 ‘Grom’ SP quad 25mm adg/Grom sam

This is the Chinese type-95, it is the closest thing to a SIDAM turreted vehicle that there is which is what I wanted to replace the ZSU-23-4 the Nigerians use. It is also different enough to be feasibly be a home made Polish vehicle.

Art Regt

  • 1 foo Ferret
  • 3 Dana sp155mm
  • 1 APR-41 mrls

Eng Btln

  • 1 cmnd Land Rover
  • 3 Coys
    • 2 Eng (3 ar, rg)
    • 1 Combat eng (3 ar, rg, lmg, Carl Gustav maw, 1 flame)
    •  3 OT-64
  • 1 Cy
    • 2 Vickers AVLB
    • 2 Vickers AVRE

Divisional Amd Cav Regt

  • 1 Cmnd Land Rover
  • 1 Ferret/Swingfire
  • 2 Recon Coys
    • 3 recon Fox amd cars
  • Inf Coy
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bill (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Bill atgm)
    • 3 Panhard m3 apc
  • 3 Amd Coys
    • 2 AML-90
    • 1 AML-60

This is the Divisional recce unit. Usually it will detach one company to each of the Divisions regiments to act as their recce unit – the Fox’s to the Infantry Regts and 1 Armd Coy to the Armoured Regt.

2 Mechanised Infantry Regts from:

12 x Tracked Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd OT-64/LandRover
    • 1 recce Ferret
    • 1 120mmM
    • 1 tw20mm adg
    • 2 OT-64 (tows for the heavy weapons)
    • 2 Cmnd 4k-4fu
    • 2 Blowpipe Manpad teams
    • 2 Striker sp ATGM
    • 2 4k-7f-81 sp81mmM
  • 4 Coys
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bantam (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Bantam atgm)
    • 3 4k-7f apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-65 (Vickers mk.1)
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 Scorpion-90

OR

6 x Wheeled Regts

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd OT-64/LandRover
    • 1 recce VBL/hmg
    • 1 120mmM
    • 1 tw20mm adg
    • 2 OT-64 (tows for the heavy weapons)
    • 2 Cmnd Piranha (will come up with suitable Polish name soon)
    • 2 Blowpipe Manpad teams
    • 2 VBL/Bill atgm
    • 2 81mmM
    • 2 Piranha APC (tow for the 81mmM – wish there was an SP version available!)
  • 4 Coys
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bantam (3 ar, rg, lmg, Bantam atgm)
    • 3 Piranha apc
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 PT-65 (Vickers mk.1)
  • 1 Coy
    • 3 ERC-90

1 xArmoured Regt               (6 Mk3m, 3 Mk3)

  • HQ Coy
    • 1 Cmnd OT-64/LandRover
    • 2 Cmnd 4k-7fu
    • 1 Vickers ARV
    • 1 Blowpipe manpad team
    • 1 Striker
    • 1 4k-7f-GrW81 sp81mmM
  • 2 Coys
    • 2 Inf (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Carl Gustav maw)
    • 1 Inf/Bantam (3 ar, rg, lmg, RPG-75 law, Bantam atgm)
    • 3 4k-7f-20 aifv
  • 4 Coys
    • 3 PT-78m or PT-78 (Vickers mk.3)

The OT-64 command stand in the mech and armd Regts are the Regimental HQ’s. The 2 APC command stands are tactical stands to allow for 2 task forces to be formed for specific situations – I felt that 6 companies was a tad too much for one HQ to handle.

 

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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