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Polish Army
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Rifle Company, Mobilized Regular Infantry Division and Mobilized Regular Cavalry Brigade
1 September 1939
1× Captain as Company Commander (Pistol)(on horseback)
Company Headquarters
    Headquarters Section
        1× Corporal Observer (Carbine)
        1× Lance-Corporal Observer (Carbine)
        1× Lance-Corporal Runner (Carbine)
        1× Runner (Carbine)
        1× Runner/Bugler (Carbine)
        1× Officer's Batman/Groom (Carbine)
    Medical Team
        1× Medic Corporal as Team Leader [1]
        1× Medic Lance-Corporal [1]
        4× Stretcher Bearers [1]
    Grenade Launcher Section
      Section Headquarters
          1× Sergeant as Section Leader (Pistol)
          1× Cart Escort (Carbine)
          1× 1-horse cart (ammunition and equipment)
      2–3 Light Mortar Teams, each with
          1× Team Leader [2]
          1× Gunner [1]
          2× Ammunition Carriers (Carbines)
          1× 47mm light mortar
    Administrative Section [3]
        1× Sergeant Major (Pistol)
        1× Weapon and Gas Platooneer [4] (Carbine)
        1× Administrative Platoneer [4] (Carbine)
        1× Lance-Corporal Cook (Carbine)
        1× Cook (Carbine)
        4× Wagon Drivers (Carbine)
        1× Rider (Carbine) [5]
        1× 4-horse field kitchen [5]
        1× 2-horse wagon (kitchen equipment and food)
        1× 2-horse wagon (office equipment and baggage)
        1× 2-horse wagon (ammunition)
3 Rifle Platoons, each with
    1× Lieutenant as Platoon Commander (Pistol)
    Platoon Headquarters
        1× Sergeant as Assistant Platoon Leader (Pistol)
        1× Corporal Observer (Pistol)
        1× Lance-Corporal Sharpshooter (Rifle] [6]
        1× Cart Escort (Carbine)
        1× Officer's Batman/Runner (Carbine)
        1× 1-horse cart (ammunition and equipment)
    3× Rifle Squads, each with [7]
        1× Squad Platooneer [3] (Rifle)
        1× Corporal as Assistant Squad Leader (Rifle)
        2× Lance Corporals (Rifles)
      11× Riflemen (Rifles)
        1× Lance-Corporal as Machine Gun Team Leader (Carbine)
        1× Machine Gunner [1]
        2× Ammunition Carriers (Carbine)
        1× light machine gun (BAR)
4 officers, 31 NCO (1 senior sergeant, 4 sergeants, 11 platooneers, 15 corporals), 36 lance-corporals, 155 privates (158 if equipped with 1-horse carts);
Giving a total of 226 men (229 with one-horse carts);
135× rifles, 61× carbines (64 with one-horse carts), 8× pistols, 9× BAR + 3× AA mounts, 3× wz35 anti-tank rifles, 3× 47mm light mortars;
1× 4-horse field kitchen, 3× 2-horse wagons (or 6× 1-horse carts), 4× 1-horse carts; 1× riding horse, 14×draught horses.
[1] No personal fire arm issued.
[2] A Corporal in the first team, the others had a Lance-Corporal.
[3] The Administrative Section's 2-horse wagons came, in the main, from requisitioned civilian vehicles. However, for units in those parts of Poland where civilian single-horse carts were the norm, the number of vehicles had to be doubled. In consequence, the number of drivers also had to be increased by three.
[4] Platooneer (plutonowy) — a rank between corporal and sergeant that does not have an equivalent in English.
[5] The front pair of horses was controlled by the rider on the left-hand horse while the rear pair was controlled by the driver sitting on the field kitchen.
[6] Upon mobilisation replaced with an antitank rifle.
[7] Polish rifle squads were not formally divided into sections. However, given the 5 NCOs and lance-corporals in the squad, it was possible to subdivide the squad into various ad-hoc sub-unit configurations as the tactical situation demanded, giving the squad a degree of flexibility smaller units would not have had.
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