|Author||Monika Sikora (Kielce)|
|Title||COMBAT EFFORT OF THE 2ND LIGHT ARTILLERY REGIMENT OF THE LEGIONS IN SEPTEMBER 1939
|Keywords||The 2nd Light Artillery Regiment of the Legions, The Second Infantry Division of Legions, light artillery, Poland 1918–1939, The Polish Campaign 1939, military units.|
The article presents combat operations of the 2nd Light Artillery Regiment of the Le-gions in the September 1939 campaign. This unit was part of the 2nd Infantry Division. In September 1939, each of its squadrons supported one infantry regiment of the parent division, i.e. I squadron – 3rd Infantry Regiment, II squadron – 4th Infantry Regiment, III squadron – 2nd Infantry Regiment. The regiment fought as part of the Army “Łódź”, and from September 8 – the Operational Group under brigadier general Thommée. From 1 to September 13 the regiment took part in the border battle on the western border of the coun-try, fghting on the main position of resistance on the Warta and Widawka rivers, and on the trail of battle during the retreat from the Borowskie Mountains to Zakroczym. Then the remaining troops became part of the defence crew of Modlin and Warsaw, providing support until the surrender of the last bastions of Polish resistance. During the 1939 campaign most of the ofcers and soldiers of the regiment showed a heroic attitude. They distinguished themselves by dedication, courage, determination in action, as well as physical and mental endurance. Gunners stood out in particular in the fght for Borowa Góra, in the region of Beleń-Strońsko, near Błonie, Święcice and Ołtarzew, and in the defence of Modlin. Sup-porting infantry counter-attacks, the regiment repeatedly contributed to repelling the attack of enemy units or broke their defence. As a result it extended the resistance of other unist with which it co-operated. The 2nd Light Artillery Regiment of the Legions ceased to exist on 29 September 1939 after the capitulation of Modlin.