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by gebhk
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

7) British air drops Hand grenades Gammon bombs 281 hand guns (mainly Colt 45s) +++ Thompson (most often seen in the hands of Kedyw troops) and Sten SMGs ++ Bren LMGs ++ AT rifles (? Boys) +++ Mortars (3" and 2") Anti-personnel mines (550) Plastique (118.5 kg) Troops had good theoretical preparatio...
by gebhk
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

For the rest of my ramblings, I wanted to go over the various sources of weaponry with some general comments of how their origins may have affected them (+++ = adequate supply of ammo - enough for reasonable period of action; ++ = limited supply of ammo - enough for one mission/game; + = pathetic am...
by gebhk
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

5) Ammunition supply This was patently a massive headache due to limited supply overall compounded by the mind-numbing diversity of weaponry. Clearly, weapons from exotic external sources would be particularly affected. This should certainly be factored into any game with a strategic or campaign be...
by gebhk
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

4) Terrain effects. Warsaw during the uprising turned quickly into one giant demolition site and choking dust and grit got into everything. Anyone who has worked on one of those will know what I am talking about. This made weapon's jamming a more frequent occurrence than normal. Some weapons were m...
by gebhk
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Poland 1939 queries
Replies: 22
Views: 1516

Re: Poland 1939 queries

While we are on the shabby tricks department, there is an apocryphal story that one of the Panzers involved in the northern prong of 4th Panzer's first assault on Warsaw (9/9) was stalked by a bunch of boy scouts and plugged into the National Grid by means of electrical cables with crocodile clips. ...
by gebhk
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Poland 1939 queries
Replies: 22
Views: 1516

Re: Poland 1939 queries

As an aside, it is in the official reports and a chap I knew swore blind it was true, that if you popped a grenade or two under a Panzer I in the right position (such as ascending a steepish slope), the b....y thing would go A over T; much to amusement of all and sundry except the crew, presumably. ...
by gebhk
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

3) Mortars There were no home- made mortars AFAIK We have evidence of at least one British 3" mortar and a number of ex Polish Army 81mm mortars being used in direct fire support. It is entirely likely that captured German and air-dropped Soviet weapons were also used in similar fashion. There is st...
by gebhk
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

2) Armoured vehicles In reality only 4 AFVs were used by the Poles: (A) Two panthers ausf G, 'Magda' and 'WP' which formed the armoured platoon 'Wacek'. WP was lost 8.8.44 and Magda continued alone until 11.8.44 when she was set alight and abandoned. The platoon also had a HQ support section (junior...
by gebhk
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944
Replies: 85
Views: 6682

Re: Draft list for Polish Home Army 1944

I will attempt to put my comments one per entry. 1) Auto-destruction of home made weapons Every home made weapon blowing up statistically after no more than 6 shots, seems harsh. The vast majority of these weapons functioned perfectly safely - for example the Szuster launchers fired off nearly 200 r...
by gebhk
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Poland 1939 queries
Replies: 22
Views: 1516

Re: Poland 1939 queries

Because of equipment shortages most companies had only two of their planned three mortars, but some had three
It is probably more accurate to put this other way around :) - ie most companies had three mortars but, due to equipment shortages, some had two.