7th Horse Artillery

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  • Two days onboard with 7th Horse Artillery
    by Bolek Rosinski
  • August 7, 1939. Chrzestewo, Poland.  The war with Germany looms. Soldiers of the 1st battery/7th Horse Artillery are on intense exercise practicing their skills before incoming exam. Mobilization will be announced in next two weeks. In July 2012 i had an extraordinary occasion to watch - first fully re-created since 1939 section of 75mm M1902/26 gun. Fully mobile and operational. Members of two polish historical associations recreated this smallest horse artillery unit and showed it to the public with all of the details. I was there with my 1939 Rolleiflex camera and tried to catch some of this marvelous time-travel. Below are the effects.
  • #01: Gun section on the move.
  • #02:  Dismount!
  • #03:  Forward observer taking up the position.
  • #04: Battery runners on briefing.
  • #05:  Small infantry squad manned a communication point nearby.
  • #06:  Battery during practice fireing. 75 mm field gun M1902/26 in action.
  • #07:  Get down! Enemy in the range of sight!
  • #08:  The 7TP - polish light tank.
  • #09: Back to the camp. Lieutenant takes conversation with corporal.
  • #10: Details on the battery command post.
  • #11:  Cleaning the gun.
  • #12: Corporal watches his men on duty.
  • #13: Cleaning the gun is not an easy task.
  • #14: Lieutenant enjoys a moment of leisure.
  • #15:  Everyday duty.
  • #16: Girls watching gunners with curiosity.