Invincible Black Brigade Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2011||Title||Invincible Black Brigade|
|Author||Jerzy Majka||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||142 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$39.00|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. Their books are printed by their associate Stratus in Sandomierz, Poland in the English language. Status also does books in Polish also. This new book was sent to me by MMP’s North American distributor Casemate in Pennsylvania.
The 10th Cavalry Brigade was Poland’s first motorized army unit, and despite equipment inadequacy and shortages they fought with great gallantry and some success against the German invasion in 1939. Nicknamed “The Black Brigade” because of their distinctive uniforms, the 10th retreated in good order to escape into Hungary. The majority of the troops then escaped to France, and thence to the UK to form the basis of the 1st Armored Division.
This book tells the story of the Brigade’s formation, it’s pre-war training and operations against the Germans. Profusely illustrated with 252 black and white photos (many of these rare) and color profiles of representative vehicles. Twenty four of these photos are profile pictures of Polish officers. Included also is a map of the Slovak Republic and Hugary, two pages in color of Polish badges, pennants and commemorative Badges of the 10th Cavalry Brigade units.
This book will prove to be of interest to historians and modelers alike. Highly recommended.