2S1 Gvozdika — Soviet 122-mm self-propelled howitzer regiment. Developed at the Kharkov plant named after Sergo Ordzhonikidze. The chief designer of chassis A. F. Belousov, 122mm 2А31 — F. F. Petrov. 2S1 “Carnation” is intended for suppression and destruction of manpower, artillery and mortar batteries, and also for the destruction of bunkers, provide passages in mine fields and field fences.
Ah, the poles, the strong man of continental Europe!
With over 1,000 tanks, they have the biggest fleet of these fighting machines in western Europe, although sadly over half of them are export variants of the T-72, a tank so mediocre, it’s best to field it in big numbers, just like they’re doing.
BUT, since this is the poles we’re talking about, these are complemented by the superb indigenoulsy developed PT-91, basically an upgraded T-72, and right now, in my opinion, the best variant of this tank currently in service.
Which is further complemented by a good number of Leopard 2 A4 and A5 tanks, the best tank of the Western world, where the A4 fleet is undergoing a massive upgrade program, the Leo 2PL, which will leave them up do date with whatever new challenges appear on the battlefield.
All in all, a tank force to be reckoned with, which reflects the lessons of that fateful September 1939, never again will polish tankers find themselves outmatched!
In the artillery department, they’re just as great, once again its backbone being a soviet-era vehicle, the battle-proven 2S1 Gvozdika, kept up to date via various polish upgrade programs, complemented with good numbers of the Czechoslovakian
DANA self-propelled howitzer
Where both of them will be eventually replaced by the AHS Krab 155mm self-propelled indigenous artillery system, a NATO-compliant piece and one of the best systems of its type in the world, at least on paper.
They also enjoy great rocket artillery numbers, most notably the polish WR-40 Langusta.
And finally, a great APC force, its backbone being the Polish KTO Rosomak, essentially a “personalized” version of the Finnish Patria.
All in all, an excellent fighting force, and quite capable of holding out on its own thanks to a robust military industry, one of the few countries that heavily invested of it, rather than to cut funding, after the end of the Cold War, as they understood better than anyone that European peace is always a fickle thing, and they always pay the price one its broken.
1 & 2) M103 Heavy Tank. Developed in the 1950s as a response to the Soviet heavy tanks such as the T-10. It had a mechanically unreliable drive train and was severely underpowered and guzzled fuel like nobody’s business. The last one was withdrawn from service in 1974. The MVTF’s M103 was bought straight from the Army, despite the USMC markings on it.
3) FV101 Scorpion. British light tank that saw extensive use in the Falklands War.
4) Panhard AML-90. French rcheap first-generation armoured car with excellent reconnaissance capability. Highly successful; since 1959 AMLs have been marketed on up to five continents and fifty-four national governments. They still see regular combat today.
5) IS-3. Soviet heavy tank introduced in time for the victory parade through Berlin. It’s thick armor and big gun have the Allies concern and they began to develop their own heavy tank projects, which would culminate in the M103 and Conqueror.
6, 7 & 8) M3 Halftrack w/M16 Quad-50. Ostensibly used for mobile AA support, the “Meatchopper” was a highly effective anti-infantry weapon and was used into Vietnam on convoy gun trucks.
9) 2S1 Gvozdika. Soviet self propelled artillery. This vehicle was captured in the 1991 Gulf War and subsequently bought by Mr. Littlefield.
10) AVLB. Based off the M47 Patton chassis. This vehicle was used to replace a local bridge in the Portola Valley after a heavy rainstorm washed the original bridge away.