World War II began on September 1, 1939, 4:45 am when Germany, without a declaration of war, invaded Poland. As German forces advanced, Polish forces withdrew from their forward bases of operation close to the Polish–German border to more established lines of defence to the east. Polish forces then withdrew to the southeast where they prepared for a long defence of the Romanian Bridgehead and awaited expected support and relief from France and the United Kingdom. Those two countries had pacts with Poland and had declared war on Germany on 3 September. 

The Soviet Red Army's invasion of Eastern Poland on 17 September, in accordance with a secret protocol of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, rendered the Polish plan of defence obsolete. Facing a second front, the Polish government concluded the defence of the Romanian Bridgehead was no longer feasible and ordered an emergency evacuation of all troops to neutral Romania. On 6 October German and Soviet forces gained full control over country, though Poland never formally surrendered.

In the aftermath of the invasion, a collective of underground resistance organizations formed the Polish Underground State within the territory of the former Polish state. Many of the military exiles that managed to escape Poland subsequently joined the Polish Armed Forces in the West, an armed force loyal to the Polish government in exile.

12 Podolian Lancers Regiment was fighting there from the very beginning, in very first hours of WW II  

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Polish Cavalry soldier (ulan) uniform and equipment:

1. Field cap

2. Garrison cap

3. French helmet “Adrian” mod.1915

4. Uniform jacket mod.1936

5. Water bottle, mod.1915

6. ID Disc

7. Leather ammo pouches

8. Main belt

9. Gas mask, type RSC in metal canister

10. Bayonet sheet with leather frog

11. Entrenching shovel with leather carrier

12. Enlisted soldier boots with spears

13. Mess Tin

14. First Aid pouch

15. Enlisted soldier Saber, mod.1934

16. Calvary carbine mod. 1898 made by “Weapon Factory Radom”

17. Bayonet, mod.1924

18. Carbine Ammunition in clips and factory box

19. Utensils set

20. Bread bag mod.1933

Polish Cavalry officer uniform and equipment:

1. Garrison cap, mod.1935

2. Garrison cap, mod.1923

3. Garrison cap of Szwolezer Regiment

4. Field cap, mod.1937

5. Uniform jacket, mod.1936

6. Pistol "VIS" mod.1935, cal.9 mm made by “Weapon Factory Radom”

10. First Aid pouch

11. Officers belt

12. Pistol holster

13. Officers boots, tall with spears

14. Officers map case, type B

15. Binoculars in case

16. Pistol leather lanyard

17. Officers Saber mod.1921/23

Photo-compilation from different events:

Units presentation

Units presentation

Yorkville, IL 2009

Marching ulans

Marching ulans

Yorkville, IL 2009

Just for this event

Just for this event

we ordered 65 uniform sets from Poland

Spotters

Spotters

Yorkville, IL 2010

On battle field

On battle field

Artillery fire...

Artillery fire...

Blasts, smoke and fire on the field

Blasts, smoke and fire on the field

Running civilians...

Running civilians...

Village in flames...

Village in flames...

After the battle...

After the battle...

Lockport IL, 2014

September 1939 In Lockport

September 1939 In Lockport

Horse jump

Horse jump

Lockport IL, 2014

In our impression we are using the best possible (beside originals) uniforms and gear reproduction.  They are custom, hand made in Poland. 

Please take a look on some of those:  

Field cap, mod 1937.
Field cap, mod 1937.

Embroidered eagle. Used by officers and soldiers of all formations.

Ulan Garrison cap, mod.1923
Ulan Garrison cap, mod.1923

Used on official ceremonies or duty.

Officers riding boots
Officers riding boots

Custom made, with wooden stirrups

Field cap, mod 1937.
Field cap, mod 1937.

Embroidered eagle. Used by officers and soldiers of all formations.

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