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boletus 30 | 1,366
4 Jun 2012 #1,321
Gendarmes - white belts, scarlet berets, and scarlet patches (with ŻW white stylized lettering and yellow flame) on the left sleeve.
If they are from Kraków Branch then they have some tough customers to deal with - the 16 Airborne Battalion, 6 Airborne Brigade is stationed in Kraków.
boletus 30 | 1,366
4 Jun 2012 #1,323
Żandarmeria Wojskowa, Military Gendarmes is a separate and specialized service of the Polish Armed Forces, which role is to ensure military discipline, preservation of public order and prevention of crimes in the areas of military units and in public places. They are in fact military police.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Gendarmerie_(Poland)

I guess their main role is to cope with drunk soldiers, brawls, etc. :-(

They always accompany Polish military contingents abroad; for example they currently are in Afghanistan. They support Polish Military Prosecutor office over there and they deal with petty crimes committed by Polish soldiers or by Afghan civilians employed in Polish bases.

During the next 30 days or so of Euro 2012 they will be given identical powers as the regular police forces - including right to arrest civilians or even use of deadly force if necessary.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
4 Jun 2012 #1,325
Gendarmes - white belts, scarlet berets, and scarlet patches (with ŻW white stylized lettering and yellow flame) on the left sleeve.
If they are from Kraków Branch then they have some tough customers to deal with.

Yes!

including right to arrest civilians or even use of deadly force if necessary.

Yes, even stingers. Next one: Where are the men sitting?:
rybnik 18 | 1,462
4 Jun 2012 #1,326
military personnel carrier?
boletus 30 | 1,366
4 Jun 2012 #1,327
Yes, very good! The troop compartment of KTO Rosomak (Wolverine in English).

Rosomak - przedział
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
4 Jun 2012 #1,328
military personnel carrier?

Yes, very good! The troop compartment of KTO Rosomak (Wolverine in English).

Wow, your team is doing really fine. (but don`t forget the first picture in this session) :):):):)

What occupation do these men have?:
boletus 30 | 1,366
4 Jun 2012 #1,329
don`t forget the first picture in this session

I cannot figure it out: Multilevel renaissance (?) arcades and balustrades can be seen in many places in Kraków, including Wawel Royal Castle, but that intervening four-facet wall decoration pattern confuses me.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
4 Jun 2012 #1,330
:):):):):):):):)

I would spare a tip but I don`t want to reveal the secret of the next photo. After guessing this one, you will easily "do" the first.
boletus 30 | 1,366
4 Jun 2012 #1,331
Pieskowa Skała? Oh, I get it. There is a kind of turret glued to the main body of Pieskowa Skała Castle, which seems to match the pattern. :-)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
4 Jun 2012 #1,332
It is a great pleasure to work with you. :):):):)
What about men in white uniforms? :):)
boletus 30 | 1,366
4 Jun 2012 #1,333
What about men in white uniforms?

Union of welders, steelworkers or something? I see protective glasses on top of their cowboy hats and a fragment of "zawodowy" on their flag. :-)
rybnik 18 | 1,462
4 Jun 2012 #1,334
Hey, wait for me! lol (I just got home from work)
Good job Boletus with the romanesque-like facade. I never would have gotten it. :)
strzyga 2 | 993
5 Jun 2012 #1,335
What about men in white uniforms? :):)

Bakers' union?
(just a shot from the hip. Boletus is better at this anyway :)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,336
Bakers' union?

Sorry, no. :):):):):):):):)

Boletus is better at this anyway :)

Isn`t he? He reminds me of a student of mine..... :):):) So intelligent..... :):):):)

Union of welders, steelworkers or something? I see protective glasses on top of their cowboy hats and a fragment of "zawodowy" on their flag. :-)

Yes! Krakow steel plant unionists. Surely, not something. If you ever buy a car made in Poland, it will boast their steel. :):):)

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Next:

Which battle is represented by this diorama?
strzyga 2 | 993
5 Jun 2012 #1,337
Which battle is represented by this diorama?

A small one :) C'mon, I've seen a bigger fight at a yearly rural festival...
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,338
Very possible.

However, could you take into account the fact that I haven`t mastered the skill of creating panorama views with my semi-professional digital camera?

Simply speaking, my pic shows 30% actual size of the diorama.

Try to guess anyway. Look, there are horseriders!!!!
strzyga 2 | 993
5 Jun 2012 #1,339
Try to guess anyway. Look, there are horseriders!!!!

My guess would be something from the January Uprising.
But I'm all peace and love so I'll leave this one to Boletus:)
rybnik 18 | 1,462
5 Jun 2012 #1,340
Try to guess anyway

Ok. Battle of Grunwald?
HDKozak1026 - | 1
5 Jun 2012 #1,341
I had never considered visiting Poland before, but after reading some of these posts, I'm dying to! It would be so cool to take my husband to his ancestors home. I am on this forum to learn as much about Poland/Polish culture as I can and this feed really helps! I'm going to have to try carp now, too... Such a fascinating culture! Love it!
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,342
It seems I need to start a new thread about Polish culture. It will be really fascinating. :):):):)

Ok. Battle of Grunwald?

Nope.

so I'll leave this one to Boletus:)

Even Boletuses have their limitations....:(:(:(:(: Where in Krakow can you see this?
boletus 30 | 1,366
5 Jun 2012 #1,343
Well guys, thank your for all that accolade I undeservedly received. :-)

Even Boletuses have their limitations.

Yes they have, of course. :-)
Strzyga is right, this diorama is not a big thing. Admit it, you snapped the photo because of your bleeding-heart feelings towards the wheel-chaired presenter (seen on the photo) of this crudely done and crumbling exhibition. :-)

There are not too many details to go on, but perhaps blue uniforms and "krakus-style" czapkas of cavalrymen could be the tale tellers. The so-called "Kawaleria Narodowa" (National Cavalry), or at least some of its brigades, wore crimson square-top czapkas, blue kurtkas with red pippings and red (crimson) Polish-style loose fit pants (szarawary) with a double-lampas. This would put this scene into the historical bracket of 1792 (Polish-Russian war) and Kościuszko Insurrection of 1794.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cavalry

However, I am sorry to quote this:

Both the war 1792, and the battles in 1794 proved its (Kawaleria Narodowa) small combat value, resulting from poor weapons, little discipline and morale. In several key battles it happened that the brigades left the battlefield in panic - in Dubienka in 1792, and Raclawice and Maciejowice during the Insurrection.

Failing that first rough guess, and assuming that color "blue" may subjectively and objectively mean different things to different people and historical times, my second guess would be "Krakusi" from 1812-1814 period - until their outfit has become more Caucasian-like than Polish peasant style.

Initially Krakuses' distinguished outfit consisted of peasant overcoat in navy blue or white and red "rogatywka" (square cap) with black lambskin rim.
The "Krakusi" were being revived in many periods following this: in November Uprising 1830-31, Kraków Uprising 1846 and January Uprising 1863.

pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakusi

[Apparently, depending on quality of fabric and geographical location, the blue uniforms would fade in Italy and Spain, but they would darken to navy-blue in Poland and Germany, while the navy-blue would become black with time. Also manufacturing and dyeing of fabric was not as precise as today; each batch of uniforms differed color-wise.]

Going back to the diorama: I cannot make any sense of infantry and artillery hats (too poor resolution for that). And I have major objection against dressing the infantry, artillery and cavalry in the same blue coats.

One of the first work was the adoption by the Great Sejm (in October 1789) the new national uniforms, consisting of a jacket, in dark blue for infantry and cavalry, and dark green for artillery and sappers, with lapels in the colors varied depending on the formation, but with a predominance of magenta or crimson color.

The dark green color for artillery uniforms had been preferable in most European armies before and after that.


  • square cap of a companion from National Cavalry
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,344
Admit it, you snapped the photo because of your bleeding-heart feelings towards the wheel-chaired presenter (seen on the photo) of this crudely done and crumbling exhibition. :-)

Nope, the boy on the wheelchair was just a visitor.

This would put this scene into the historical bracket of 1792 (Polish-Russian war) and Kościuszko Insurrection of 1794.

Yes. The Battle of Racławice.

my second guess would be "Krakusi" from 1812-1814 period -

No need for second guesses but thank you for elaborate lecture, anyway.

PS. Guys, at the farthest end of the diorama, couldn`t you see two Krakow peasants attacking a Russian artillery site with their scythes?
rybnik 18 | 1,462
5 Jun 2012 #1,345
Where in Krakow can you see this?

at the botanical gardens?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,346
Yes! :):):) What is the sculptor carving? (by what I mean material)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,348
Oh, shiett! You were peeping! :):):) What is that ball on the stick?
pgtx 29 | 3,159
5 Jun 2012 #1,349
it's Lajkonik with buława
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
5 Jun 2012 #1,350
Yes!!! This slide film cartoon was made in Poland in 1980s to display on home video projectors. What is the title?

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