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MUZEUM WOJSKA POLSKIEGO, POWIŚLE, WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND



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Location Category ID:
16010
Address: Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Aleje Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warszawa
Telephone: (+48 22) 629 52 71 (72)
Email: muzeumwp [at] muzeumwp.pl (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: 1000-1700 Wednesday, 1000-1600 Thursday-Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday and national holidays.
Official Website: Muzeum Wojska Polskiego
Other Links: Wikipedia – Polish
Wikipedia – English
Latitude, Longitude: 52.23173567 , 21.02509617
Location Accuracy: 8
Tanks Previously Here: 1: Leopard 1A1 Tank - Fort IX Czerniaków, Mokotów, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland (ca2004-6)
2: 2P16 Luna Armoured Launch Vehicle - Fort IX Czerniaków, Mokotów, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland (Mid 2000s)
3: ASU-85 Self-Propelled Gun - Fort IX Czerniaków, Mokotów, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland (Dates unknown)
4: SU-85 Tank Destroyer - Fort IX Czerniaków, Mokotów, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland (Dates unknown)
5: T-34-85 Tank - Skansenie Rzeki Pilicy, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Tomaszowski, Łódzkie, Poland (Until 2008)
6: T-34-85 Tank - Liberation Memorial, Borne Sulinowo, Szczecinecki, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland (Until 2010)
7: ISU-122 Assault Gun - Fort IX Czerniaków, Mokotów, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland (Dates unknown)
8: TK-3 Tankette - Rudnicki Collection, Śródmieście, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland (Until ca2008)
9: Panzer 68/88 Tank - Panzer Farm, Chrcynno, Nowodworski, Mazowieckie, Poland (Spring 2006)


The Muzeum Wojska Polskiego (Museum of the Polish Army) documents the military aspects of the history of Poland. Created in 1920, it occupies a wing of the building of the Polish National Museum, and also has several branches around Poland. It is Warsaw’s second largest museum and has the largest collection of military objects in Poland. The collection illustrates a thousand years of Polish military history – from the 10th century to beyond the Second World War. Opened in 1920, the museum expanded in 1993 with the Museum of Katyn and the Museum of Polish Military Technology opened in the 9th Czerniakowski Fort. The forecourt of the museum houses several dozen armoured vehicles, artillery pieces and aircraft, being an eclectic mix of Soviet, western and Polish equipment, mostly from the World War II era.
The indoor galleries concentrate on the military history of Poland since the 10th century, and are particularly strong on Poland’s era of military greatness in the 17th century, through the decline into anarchy in the 18th century. Several rooms are devoted to Poland’s part in the Napoleonic Wars, and the national uprisings of 1830-31 and 1863. By far the largest part of exhibition space is devoted to the 20th century, especially World War II. Highlights of the Museum’s collection include an extremely rare gilded helmet from the 10th century, which is said to have belonged to a Polish chieftain, and the collection of hussars’ armour.
There is a permanent exhibition of oriental arms and armour from the museum’s own extensive collection, which includes many world-class items from Ottoman Turkey, the Crimean Tatar Khanate, Mongolia and Japan. Heavy weaponry is on display in the adjacent park and at Fort Czerniakowski (Muzeum Polskiej Techniki Wojskowej).

Museum Building



Location ID:
16011
Latitude, Longitude:52.23208722, 21.02590352
Location Accuracy:8



1) TKS Tankette Polish


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Unique ID: 2229
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a brown, green and sand camouflage scheme.

This TKS was captured by the Germans during the Second World War and taken to Norway to serve with the occupation forces. It was found in the Swedish Axvall Pansarmuseet (chassis and part of upper plates) and was donated in November 2003 to the Polish Army Museum. It was completely restored by the museum and the Ursus factory, with parts coming from different tankettes found in the ground and some parts reconstructed. It is painted in a standard camouflage scheme used by the Polish from 1936 into World War II. Its first public show was at the International Defence Industry Salon (MSPO) in September 2005 in Kielce, followed by a technical demonstration also in September 2005 at Fort Czerniakowski. It also took part in the Bzura 2005 historical re-enactment. (Source: PIBWL, Portal Militarno).
It is in good condition and in running order, but is missing some interior parts.

Display Park



Location ID:
16012
Latitude, Longitude:52.23158453, 21.02639973
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2) Panzerkampfwagen III Tank German


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Unique ID: 2230
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3) Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun German


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4) Hetzer Tank Destroyer German / Czech


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Unique ID: 251
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5) M4A1 Sherman Grizzly Tank American / Canadian


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Unique ID: 399
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Registration: “T105316” painted on rear hull sides.
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Other Identification: Unit markings painted on transmission cover and hull rear. White stars painted on hull sides. Diamond marking previously painted on turret sides and turret stowage box.

This Grizzly was restored to running order by the proprietors of the Muzeum Zabytków Techniki Wojskowej (source: Old Timer). It took part in a display in August 2009 (source: Surviving Grizzly Tanks). Previously it was on display at Fort IX Czerniaków for some years.


6) SU-76M Self-Propelled Gun Soviet


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Unique ID: 404
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Other Identification: “203” and Polish People’s Army (PPA) markings previously painted on superstructure sides.

An SU-76 previously on display on the plinth in the market square at Lubrza was donated to the MWP; it is presumed to be this one. Its label reads: “Beginning in 1944 the SU-76M self-propelled guns were introduced to the troops of General Berling’s Polish Army that fought on the Eastern Front. The vehicles were used by the anti-tank artillery battalions that were assigned to eight infantry divisions and by the 27th Sudecki Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment of the 1st Armored Corps. After WWII the SU-75M vehicles remained in service being used until mid-1950s by support troops of the infantry.”


7) PT-76B Amphibious Light Tank Soviet


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The label for this PT-76 reads: “In the mid-1950s PT-76s were purchased for use in the Army of the People’s Republic of Poland. In Poland, they were somewhat modified in that a heavy machine gun, the 12.7mm DShK was mounted on the turret. The PT-76 was used by various units including the 7th Lusatian Seaborne Assault Division referred to as the ‘Blue Berets’; it was withdrawn from service in the Polish Army in the mid-1990s.”


8) OT-62C TOPAS 2AP Armoured Personnel Carrier Soviet / Polish


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The label for this TOPAS reads: “The TOPAS APC was produced in Czechoslovakia and brought into service in the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic of Poland in the early 1960s. These vehicles were amphibious and were used by the 7th Lusatian Seaborne Assault Division referred to as the ‘Blue Berets’. The TOPAS-2AP version on exhibit here, fitted with armaments in the revolving turret, was developed by the Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna (WAT – Military University of Technology) in Warsaw. This version saw service in the 7th Seaborne Division beginning in April 1971. This APC was withdrawn from service in the mid-1990s.”


9) 2S1 Self-Propelled Howitzer Soviet


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Unique ID: 414
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Other Identification: Polish diamond insignia painted on turret sides.

The label for this 2S1 reads: “The 2S1 ‘Goździk’ howitzer was introduced to service with the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic of Poland in the 1970s and it continues to serve as the standard equipment of the artillery units… Designed in the USSR, the 2S1 howitzers were produced in Poland under a licence agreement in the years 1984-94. The vehicle on display was donated to the Museum by the Stalowa Wola Foundry in May 1996.”


10) T-34 Tank Soviet


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Unique ID: 406
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Other Identification: Polish People’s Army Eagle marking previously painted on turret side.

The label reads: “The 1st Tank Regiment of General Berling’s Polish Army, which in August would be incorporated into the 1st Heroes of Westerplatte Armored Brigade, received T-34s in July 1943. By January of 1945 various units of General Berling’s Polish Army had received a total of 118 T-34 tanks. The tank on display was produced in Factory No. 112 in Gorky and delivered to the 1st Tank Regiment (later resized as the 1st Armored Battalion) of the 1st Heroes of Westerplatte Armored Brigade added the regiment’s battle honors from Sielce to Gdańsk during 1943-45. [sic]”


11) T-34-85 Tank Soviet / Polish


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Unique ID: 407
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Other Identification: “1147” and Polish diamond insignia painted on turret sides.

This T-34 (74067) was previously on display at the Fort IX Czerniaków museum. Its label reads: “The first T-34-85 tanks entered service with the troops of General Berling’s Polish Army in 1944. The Polish units received a total of 328 tanks of this type by the war’s end. A license agreement allowed the mass production of the T-34-85 tanks to be commenced in Poland in 1951. By the time the production ceased in 1955, a total of 1,400 tanks had been produced. Due to a number of modifications introduced to the design during production the tanks were referred to as the T-34-85M in the Polish Army. They were being withdrawn from service with the armoured units beginning in early 1960s and were replaced by the newer T-54 and T-55 tanks.”


12) T-34-85 Tank Soviet / Polish


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This T-34 is in poor condition; it is missing its mud flaps and other parts. Its label reads: “In 1943 a modified version of the T-34 tank was developed. In these newer tanks, which had larger turrets, an 85mm gun replaced the previously used 76.2mm guns. In 1944, the first T-34-85 tanks were introduced into service in the General Berling’s Army fighting on the Eastern Front. By war’s end 328 of these tanks were used by Polish units.
In 1951, mass production of the T-34-85 tanks began in Poland under a licensing agreement and by 1955 a total of 1,400 of these tanks had been built. In light of further improvements and modifications that had been made during the course of production, they were designated the T-34-85M. By the early 1960s, the T-34-85M was withdrawn from service in armoured units; it was successively replaced by newer model the T-54 and T-55 tank.”


13) ZSU-57-2 Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Soviet


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The label for this ZSU reads: “The ZSU-57-2 was used in the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic of Poland beginning with the mid 1950s. However, by the late 1960s they were replaced by newer self-propelled guns, model ZSU-23-4.”


14) T-55U Tank Soviet / Polish


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The label for this T-55 reads: “Poland had purchased a licensing agreement from the USSR in 1956, and it was then that mass production of the T-54A began. During the license period a number of modifications were introduced which improved the vehicle’s operation, i.e. the tanks were modified in production to serve in deep fording of up to 5.5 metres; there was a significant increase in maximum range, additionally a hydraulically assisted clutch and planetary transmission. These tanks were identified as the T-54AM. When the model T-55A tanks entered into license production in 1964 a decision was made to improve the T-54 and bring it up to the standard of the T-55A tanks. The improved vehicles were then identified as the T-55U.”


15) T-55AMS Tank Soviet / Polish


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Unique ID: 411
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The label for this T-55 reads: “The T-55AMS tank is a variant the Polish-produced T-55AM tank, which in turn was a modified version of the Soviet T-55A tank that was produced in Poland under a license agreement. The T-55AMS tank was introduced to service with the Army of the People’s Republic of Poland in the latter 1980s. As the preceding T-55AM tank, the T-55AMS has been provided with MERIDA fire control system (incorporating a laser range finder and digital ballistic computer). DOBRAVA warning laser detection system and ERB smoke grenade launchers. The T-55AMS has been added with provisions for attaching engineering equipment: the KMT-5 mine-clearing device or the USCz-55 dozer blade. Each T-55 tank company comprised 10 tanks: one T-55AD2M (command vehicle), six T-55AM and three T-55AMS tanks.”


16) IS-2 Tank Soviet


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Unique ID: 412
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Other Identification: “0247” and Polish People’s Army (PPA) Eagle marking previously painted on turret sides.

The label for this IS-2 reads: “The IS-2 tanks composed the combat equipment of the 4th and 5th Heavy Tank Regiments assigned respectively to the 1st and 2nd Polish Armies of General Berling’s Force. The regiments and their tanks saw battle only in the waning months of WWII. The Polish forces under Russian control received 71 IS-2 heavy tanks in the period of October 1944 – April 1945. After the war’s end the tanks remained in service through the end of 1950s. The tank in display was used during WWII by the 4th Heavy Tank Regiment of the 1st Polish Army.”


17) 9P19 Armoured Launch Vehicle Soviet


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18) Sexton Self-Propelled Gun Canadian


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Unique ID: 416
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Registration: “S234046” painted on superstructure sides.
Name: “BREDA” painted on superstructure front.
Other Identification: White stars painted on superstructure sides.

This Sexton was restored by the proprietors of the Muzeum Zabytków Techniki Wojskowej (source: Old Timer). It is named after the city of Breda in the Netherlands which was liberated during the Second World War by the 1st Polish Armoured Division. The Sexton’s label reads: “The first artillery unit of the Polish Armed Forces in the West that received the Sexton SP guns was the 1st Motor Artillery Regiment of the 1st Armored Division. The 7th Horse Artillery Regiment, an artillery unit assigned to the 2nd Warszawska Armored Division, which was raised shortly prior to the war’s end, was another unit that too used vehicles of this type. An estimated number of 60-80 Sextons were in use with the Polish units. The vehicle on display carries the markings of the 1st Motor Artillery Regiment of the 1st Armored Division.”