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    I am working on a project regarding the Polish 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade and need some information. I pretty much have the OOB stuff BUT cannot find what German units in Poland (1939) and France (1940) they were engaged with. I have a pretty good idea of WHERE they fought just not who they fought.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Double Deuce
    I am working on a project regarding the Polish 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade and need some information. I pretty much have the OOB stuff BUT cannot find what German units in Poland (1939) and France (1940) they were engaged with. I have a pretty good idea of WHERE they fought just not who they fought.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    I suppose the site to check is this one, specially the daily reports and the maps:

    http://www.wwiidaybyday.com/
    www.tdg.nu

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    • #3
      10. Brygada Kawalerii - 10. BK

      This site:

      http://derela.republika.pl/brigades.htm#bk10

      gives The 10th Cavalry Brigade (10. Brygada Kawalerii - 10. BK) as facing:
      The Brigade was assigned to "Cracow" Army. It came into action on the1st September in Beskid Mountains, near Jordanow and Myslenice. For the next 13 days, the Brigade was constantly in contact with a predominant enemy. The Brigade task was initially to delay enemy and cover Army's main forces' withdrawal; later - still acting in delay...

      During the campaign, the Brigade was fighting against German XXII Corps: with two Panzer Divisions (the 2nd and the 4th Leichte Division) and the 3rd Mountain Division alternately. In the few initial days, the daily gain of the enemy was no better than 10km! ...Not only the Brigade managed to escape from destruction - but did it painfully biting the enemy.

      On the 14th September the 10th Brigade found itself near Lvov, and started few-day fierce fighting for Zboiska village with German 1st Mountain Div., but finally was ordered to draw back and cover Polish retreat track to Romania. On the 19th September the Brigade was ordered to cross the Hungarian border itself, being still a compact unit. (Though it had lost few units on the retreat ways, but it had also joined few others...).
      also:

      http://niehorster.orbat.com/029_pola.../brig-mot.html

      I can only find a useful OOB for 2nd Panzer in Poland, where I note they took heavy losses, along with the other units that faced 10. BK.

      2nd Panzer 1939

      2.Schützen-Brigade
      Schützen-Regiment 2
      Schützen-Bataillon I
      Schützen-Bataillon II
      Kradschützen-Abteilung 2
      2.Panzer-Brigade
      Panzer-Regiment 3
      Panzer-Abteilung I
      Panzer-Abteilung II
      Panzer-Regiment 4
      Panzer-Abteilung I
      Panzer-Abteilung II
      Artillerie-Regiment 74
      Artillerie-Abteilung I
      Artillerie-Abteilung I/Artillerie-Regiment 110


      Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5 (mot)
      Panzerjäger-Abteilung 38
      Nachrichten-Abteilung 38
      Pionier-Bataillon 38
      38th Divisional Support Units

      http://www.feldgrau.com/PzDiv.php?ID=2

      http://www.feldgrau.com/index.html

      In France I note:
      10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade - 10.BKPanc - 10. Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej of Gen. S. Maczek.
      Due to not entirely finnished organization, the Brigade in fact consisted only of the 1st tank battalion and one motorized dragoons battalion. During 5-day fighting it fought at Champaubert and Montmirail, on 16 June 1940 it carried out a succesfull assault on Montbard. Apart from it, the elements of the 2nd tank battalion fought separately, supporting the French units.

      vehicles: R-35 tanks (the 1st tank battalion), R-40 tanks (the 2nd battalion), Renault UE tractors (infantry units).
      http://derela.republika.pl/polish.htm

      and
      At Montbard, the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade repelled for a brief while the German units which had occupied it (16 June). In earlier fighting, the Brigade had prevented French divisions from being prematurely cut off, allowing them to withdraw. Following the taking of Montbard by 10 ACB the Germans blew up the bridges on the Burgundy Canal. Isolated and surrounded, Gen. Maczek disbanded the Brigade and ordered the troops to try and reach Britain.
      http://www.zpwb.org.uk/eg/poles-in-u...ribution.php#3

      What French Units were they attached to? as I can't seem to find them in:

      http://france1940.free.fr/oob/oob.html

      Or, more frustratingly, which German units originally captured Montbard in 1940!
      Andy "Weeble" Weaver

      Research, Reference and Historical Study

      Illud Latine dici non potest

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JMS
        I suppose the site to check is this one, specially the daily reports and the maps:

        http://www.wwiidaybyday.com/
        Thanks. I had forgotten about that site and some others. I guess I need to refine my internet search skills.
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