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The development of military operations in southern Poland.
Czechowice-Dziedzice defensive position. 51. Separate Company of Recce light tanks.
Deployed in Zabrzeg close to Dziedzice, as rearguard of GO "Bielsko". It was mobilized from depots of the 5th Armored Battalion in Krakow. Its commander was kpt. Kazimierz Poletyłło.
It was organized with a command group - 1 tankette, 2 armored platoons of 6 tankettes and a technical - logistic Platoon.
The strenght was of 4 officers, 34 NCOs, 53 riflemen. Equipped with 13 tankettes, 12 vehicles off-road, seven motorcycles and five trailers. The length of the column was 1 km.
The tankette TK-3 had a crew of two men - the driver and gunner; armed with a machine gun cal 7.92 mm. wz. 25 with 1,800 rounds.
Actions during the campaign.
Before noon on September 1, 1939 the GO sent the company in support of the independent position "Wodzisław" but the tanks could not reach because the bridges east of the Vistula had been destroyed by the sappers and returned. A patrol was to Pawłowice [2 tankettes]. In trying to cross through the deep ditch filled with water, one of the machines capsized and the crew drowned before help could be organized.
At that time the 2. Platoon, covering the work of sappers on the Vistula, faced unexpectedly with reconnaissance elements of the 5. Pz and immobilized an enemy vehicle. The platoon retreated and lost contact with the company commander.
On the morning of September 2, 1939, the company assembled at Bulowice and during the afternoon it was ordered to perform reconnaissance towards Tychy and to establish liaison with the 6. DP. Around 18:00 hours 8 tankettes arrived at Oswiecim (Auschwitz) and secured the access to the bridge over the Sole. The company commander received a report that a dozen German tanks had forded the river near Bielany, then retreated to Grojec and then to Wadowice, the HQ of the GO. The company commander made the mistake of not checking the report and mislead the staff of the GO.
On the night of September 3, 1939 the company reached Skawina and occupied an assembly area in the forest.
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