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Kraków National Museum

 
The Kraków National museum is pretty interesting, mixing good historical and art collections, with explanations in English for most of the items. The following is what I found in the 1919-1920 section.

Sadly, while there is a specific Pilsudski Museum right next door it is not open in general. I had neither the time, nor the Polish, to work out how I could visit it.
 

The Uniforms

Sadly the uniforms were all of cavalrymen or senior officers, which doesn't interest me so much.

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K01: Piłsudski’s 1919 tunic. In German colour feldgrau, the colour of the close-up shot.
K02: Uniform pieces from 1st Lancer Squadron, 1st Polish Legions Brigade. Private’s czapka, silk cord, ulanka (tunic) made in Kraków 1916. The colour of the rear shot is the most accurate.
K03: Field uniform from 1st Lancer Squadron, 1st Polish Legions Brigade. Private’s czapka, silk cord, ulanka (tunic) made in Kraków 1916. The colour is pretty accurate.
K04: “Maciejówka” uniform cap, from c1925. A bit too blue.
K05: Uniform pieces from officer of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Legions Brigade c1914. Czapka is from Kraków’s “Sokól Konny”. The czapka did not appear to be fabric, but smooth.
K06: Uniform pieces from the Commander of the 11th Lancers Regiment. Cap made in Poland about 1919 (noted on the Polish explanatory note as being “English cut”), tunic about 1917. The uniform was WWI English khaki coloured.
K07: Lance pennon of the 2nd Troop of the 1st Krechów Lancer Regiment. Ukraine c1917-1918 (Krechów is near L’viv, it would have been considered Poland in 1918 by the Poles). Silk, silver galloons and ribbon, sequins.
K08: English saddle, as used by the captain-of-horse of the 7th Lancer Regiment. Polish 1917 sabre.
K09: Uniform of the captain-of-horse of the 7th Lancer Regiment, 1919.
K10: Peaked service cap of Captain of Horse Artillery, 1920.
K11: Czapka of Captain of Horse Artillery, 1927.
 

The Flags

These date to the period after the war, which was a nuisance. However because I could get up close to them, I could get half-way decent pictures of the nature of the decoration on them. This helped me interpret the flags in Warsaw rather better.

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K12, K13, K14: flags from the inter-war period (former Volunteers and Legion).
K15: unlabelled flag.
 
 
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