POLISH FORCES IN SCOTLAND

during and after World War Two

             

Polish Military Ranks of WWII

Army, Navy and Air Force

including abbreviations used and their equivalent British Ranks

 

Note- The Polish alphabet was not used in the tables below

 

             

Polish Army

Polish rank

Abbrev

Equivalent to:

szeregowiec

szer.

Private

strzelec

strz.

Rifleman

dragon

drag.

Dragoon

ulan

ul.

Lancer

saper

sap.

Sapper

kanonier

kan.

Gunner

grenadier

gren.

Grenadier

starszy szeregowiec

st.szer.

Lance Corporal

starszy strzelec

st.strz.

Lance Corporal Rifles

starszy dragon

st.drag.

Lance Corporal Dragoons

starszy ulan

st. ul.

Lance Corporal Lancers

starszy saper

st.sap.

Lance Corporal Engineers

bombardier

bomb.

Lance Corporal Artillery

starszy grenadier

st. gren.

Lance Corporal Grenadiers

kapral

kapr.

Corporal

plutonowy

plut.

Lance Sergeant

sierzant

sierz.

Sergeant Major

wachmistrz

wachm.

Sergeant Major of Horse

ogniomistrz

ognm.

Sergeant Major of Artillery

starszy sierzant

st.sierz.

Company Sergeant Major, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO II)

starszy wachmistrz

st.wachm.

Company Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO II)

starszy ogniomistrz

st.ognm.

Battery Sergeant Major

chorazy

chor.

Regimental Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO I)

aspirant

asp.

Aspirant

podporucznik

ppor.

Second-Lieutenant

porucznik

por.

Lieutenant

kapitan

kpt.

Captain

rotmistrz

rtm.

Captain of Horse

major

mjr.

Major

podpulkownik

pplk.

Lieutenant-Colonel

pulkownik

plk.

Colonel

general brygady

gen.bryg.

Major-General

general dywizji

gen.dyw.

Lieutenant-General

general broni

gen.broni

General

marszalek

marsz.

Marshal

 

 

 

podchorazy

pchor.

Cadet Officer

Notes to Army Ranks

1. An officer who had passed Staff College was indicated as e.g., “pplk dypl”. “Dypl”. is an abbreviation of dyplomowany.

3. Pchor. would be preceded by the soldier's rank, e.g. plut.-pchor.

5. The Polish language has a different alphabet and to simplify text Polish words appear without their diacritic marks.

2. Excluded from the table are field ranks appertaining to the Church.

4. There are other designations that could be added to a rank, e.g. lekarz (lek.) as in kpt.lek. - Captain army doctor.

6. Polish ranks are stated in lower case letters.

                  

Polish Navy

Polish rank

Abbrev

RN equivalent

marynarz

mar.

Ordinary Seaman

starszy marynarz

st.mar.

Able-Bodied Seaman

mat

mat

Leading Seaman

starszy mat

st.mat

Senior Leading Seaman

bosmanmat

bosmanmat

Petty Officer 2nd Class

bosman

bosman

Petty Officer 1st Class

starszy bosman

st.bosman

Chief Petty Officer

chorazy marynarki

chor.mar.

Warrant Officer

podporucznik marynarki

ppor.mar.

Sub-Lieutenant

porucznik marynarki

por.mar

Lieutenant

kapitan marynarki

kpt.mat

Lieutenant Commander

komandor-podporucznik

kdr.ppor

Commander

komandor-porucznik

kdr.por

No equivalent RN rank

komandor

kdr.

Captain RN

no equivalent Polish rank

 

Commodore

kontr-admiral

 

Rear-Admiral

wice-admiral

 

Vice-Admiral

admiral

 

Admiral

no equivalent Polish rank

 

Admiral of the Fleet

             

Polish Air Force

Polish rank

Abbrev

RAF rank

Abbrev

szeregowiec

szer.

Aircraftman Class 2

AC2

starszy szeregowiec

st.szer

Aircraftman Class 1

AC1

kapral

kpr.

Leading Aircraftman

LAC

plutonowy

plut.

Corporal

Cpl.

sierzant

sierz.

Sergeant

Sgt.

starszy sierzant

st.sierz.

Flight Sergeant

F/Sgt.

chorazy

chor.

Warrant Officer

W/O.

podporucznik

ppor.

Pilot Officer

P/O.

pororucznik

por.

Flying Officer

F/O.

kapitan

kpt.

Flight Lieutenant

F/Lt.

major

mjr.

Squadron Leader

S/Ldr.

podpulkownik

pplk.

Wing Commander

W/Cdr.

pulkownik

plk.

Group Captain

G/Cpt.

no equivalent rank

 

Air Commodore

A.Cdr.

general brygady

gen.bryg.

Air Vice Marshal

A.V.M.

general dywizji

gen.dyw.

Air Marshal

A.M.

general broni

gen.br.

Air Chief Marshal

A.C.M.

marszalek

 

Marshal of the RAF

 

 

 

 

 

podchorazy

pchor.

Officer Cadet

O.Cdt.

          

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