Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade (Samodzielna Brygada Strzelców Karpackich)

Brigade information
Brigade troops

Brigade information

In 8/1941 - 12/1941 it defended Tobruk, along with the 9th Australian Division, later: 70th British Division. After freeing Tobruk, in 15-16 December 1941 the Brigade fought at Ghazala with a great success. Until February 1942, the Brigade occupied Cyrenaica, then it was moved back to Ghazala and involved in a patrols' warfare, keeping the defensive position with the Free French and the 1st South-African Division. In March 1942 it was withdrawn to the rear.
In July-October 1942 the Carpathian Uhlan Regiment (Brigade's reconnaissance unit) was protecting a dam on the Nile, in case of a German breakthrough, and was patrolling without combat engagement. Also, before Tobruk, in 6 - 7/1941 the Brigade was keeping defence positions in Egypt (Mersa Matruh, Baggush), without combat engagement.
Due to delaying of the operation "Crusader", the Carpathian Brigade troops set the "record" of staying in the hardest sector of Tobruk defence, Medaur Hill, against the German positions, without being withdrawn from their outposts for 10 weeks (a practice was 4 weeks).

North Africa 1941-1942 in WWII

Commanding General (CG)
00.00.0000-00.00.0000 Gen. S. Kopanski

Brigade troops


1st Carpathian Rifle Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Carpathian Rifle Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
3rd Carpathian Rifle Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other troops

HQ and Staff 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Independent HMG Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Carpathian Artillery Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Carpathian Uhlan Regiment (Pulk Ulanow Karpackich) - Reconnaissance 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Carpathian AT-Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Engineer Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

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