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Polish Military Insignia

Eagle - Symbol of Poland

Present Polish system of rank insignia is a direct descendant of various systems used in the past in the Polish Army. Some of the grades trace their name back to Middle Ages, for instance the rank of chor??y literally means a flag bearer. Other names of Polish ranks are of foreign origin and were in most cases introduced by 17th century mercenaries serving for the Polish Crown. These include the rank of kapral is a derivate of Italian caporale – much like the English equivalent of corporal.

Until World War II, each of the branches of the Land Forces used a set of different names for the same grades. For instance a sergeant was called sier?ant in the infantry, ogniomistrz (literally master of fire) in the artillery and wachmistrz (from German Wachtmeister, or Master of the Guards) in the cavalry.

Images of ranks can be found on Wikipedia

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Polish Military Information

Si?y Zbrojne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej (“Armed Forces of the Polish Republic”, abbreviated SZ RP; popularly, Wojsko Polskie, abbreviated WP—roughly, the “Polish Military”) are the national defense forces of Poland. The name has been used since the early 19th century, but can also be applied to earlier periods.

The Polish Armed Forces comprise the Army (Wojska L?dowe), Navy (Marynarka Wojenna), Air Force (Si?y Powietrzne) and Special Forces (Wojska Specjalne) and are under the command of the Ministry of National Defense (Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej). As of 2009, the Polish Armed Forces have the twenty-first highest expenditure of any military in the world, depending on calculation according to SIPRI.

The Polish Land Forces (Polish: Wojska L?dowe RP) are a branch of Poland’s Armed Forces. They currently contain some 65,000 active personnel and form many components of EU and NATO deployments around the world.

Polish Army with Flag

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