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This is a rare original British issued battledress tunic to the Polish Army, the 3rd Carpathian Rifle Brigade within the 2nd Corps with rank to Soldier 1st Class. The tunic is in used condition shows traces of usage and some damages. On the left breast pocket is the Grupa Saperow II Korpus badge, above the badge is a small hole this was for the 3rd Carpathian Rifle Brigade patch (not present). The tunics is having green coloured Polish buttons, has been tailored and with shoulder filling what we find on many Polish worn tunics. The tunics is dated 1945 with size 7. All insignia are original wartime applied. On the shoulder titles we see also black thread, probably reissued which was often done. The ribbon bar is present also with the Monte-Casino ribbon!
Something what is seldom for sale, a completely untouched Polish wartime battledress!
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The Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade
Was formed in Syria did not share the fate of the Polish forces fighting in France in 1940.
The brigade was transferred to Palestine (then under British control) after France’s surrender, and from
August 1941 to early 1942 participated in combat in North-Africa, where it took part in the defense of Tobruk. The Polish Army in the USSR, which was formed in 1941-42 (also called the Anders Army) and later evacuated in 1942 to the Middle East numbered almost 80,000 soldiers. This Army, together with the Carpathian bridge formed the II Polish Corps under the command of General Anders.
In December 1943/January 1944 this corps was transferred to Italy, where it fought until the end of the war. The first battle in which the II Corps took part in, and which immediately became legendary, was the capture of the fortified convent on Monte Cassino which was defended by veteran German units. After bloody fighting (860 soldiers of the Polish II Corps died and almost 3,000 were wounded) the defender’s were routed on May 18, 1944, which enabled the Gustav Line to be broken. Subsequently the Corps helped break the Hitler Line and the Gothic Line (during which Polish forces captured the strategically important port town of Ancona). The last battle of the II Corps was the fight for Bologna on April 21, 1945.