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) comprise the former territories of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth acquired by the Habsburg Monarchy during the Partitions of Poland in the late 18th century.
They were facing the Wehrmacht’s 2400 tanks and, above all, a new tactic combining breakthrough concentration, rapid advance and envelopment under constant, real-time air support.On the eve of Fall Weiss (Case White) and the subsequent campaign (Kampania wrzesniowa in Polish), the Polish forces had 1012 tanks and a hundred armored cars (880 tanks according to other sources) at their disposal.220 of these were modern light 7TPs (of Polish design), Renault R35s (French) and Vickers Mark Es (British).Two series were built between 1933-36, the TK3 and TKS.The TK3s were all armed with one Hotchkiss machine-gun and operated with armored cars, mostly on border patrols.Austria acquired Polish lands during the First Partition of 1772, and Third Partition of Poland in 1795.
The territories acquired by Austrian Empire (later the Austro-Hungarian Empire) during the First Partition included the Polish Duchy of Zator and Duchy of Oświęcim, as well as part of Little Poland with the counties of Kraków, Sandomierz and Galicia, less the city of Kraków.
The earliest models, still in use in 1939, were the eighteen Peugeot AC 18CV.
Six were equipped with Puteaux 37 mm (1.46 in) guns and the remainder with a wz.25, a Polish licence-built Hotchkiss machine-guns.
Obsolete by 1928, they were transferred to police units, especially those posted in upper Silesia, and fought the “Freikorps”, trained by SS officers to seize vital assets behind the lines.
In 1939, the main force of armored cars comprised wz.34 models, former Kégresse-Citroen type half-tracks.
The most common Polish tankettes were no match for Panzer III and IV.