Historical Picnic on the occasion of the 104th anniversary of the Polish Army Museum and the 230th anniversary of the Kościuszko Uprising



Opening of the gates of the Warsaw Citadel, beginning of the picnic


Solemn roll call of subunits of uniformed classes, pro-defense organizations and reconstruction groups – Plac Gwardii Piesza Koronnej (in front of the Museum building)

12.40 – 13.10

Shows by reenactment groups gathered in the square

– T. Kościuszko’s oath, drill of 18th-century infantry units, baroque dance show.


A musket salute ending the ceremony in the square

10.00 – 16.00

– free visit to the Museum: exhibition “1000 Years of the Glory of the Polish Arms”

– pneumatic virtual shooting range

1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m

– “Scythe in battle and legend”: lectures on how to fight with a scythe and a pike according to the textbook by Christian Piotr Aigner. (curators R. Matuszewski, M. Mackiewicz) – Small Audiovisual Hall

14:00 and 16:00
– Demonstration of combat, tactical and sports skills performed by students: I Secondary School. 111th Fighter Squadron in Wołomin and the 1st LO PUL in Dęb Wielki (square behind the Museum)


Historical Picnic

– square behind the building of the Polish Army Museum (ul. Bitna, Farzy)

Dioramas and shows of reconstruction groups:

– camps of Slavs and knights

– presentation of crown infantry regiments from Saxon times – drill, fire demonstration of black powder weapons

– a demonstration of loading and firing a replica of an 18th century 3-pound cannon

– drill demonstration of an infantry regiment from the times of Stanisław, volleys from black powder rifles

– a story about the uniforms of military formations in the 18th century

– show of old civilian fashion: court and everyday clothes

– ancient dance show and workshops

– presentation of uniforms and equipment of troops from the period of the Napoleonic Wars

– recruitment point, Mle 14 Hotchkiss heavy machine gun position from the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1920.

– presentation of uniforms and weapons of Polish Army soldiers from the period of the defensive war of 1939.

– presentation of cannons and fire show of the Bofors 37 mm anti-tank gun, Polish Army, 1939.

– presentation of uniforms and weapons of soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces (in the west)

– presentation of uniforms and weapons of soldiers of the 1st Polish Army

– presentation of uniforms and weapons of Home Army soldiers, Partisan unit of 1944.

– presentation of uniforms and weapons of soldiers of the 6th Pomeranian Airborne Division equipped with a GAZ 69 off-road vehicle with a WP-8z 140 mm artillery launcher.

Presentation of historical vehicles:

historic military vehicles from the Museum’s collection: Universal Carrier, Buick Special Eight limousine, Citroën-Kegresse half-track artillery tractor.

Presentations of modern equipment and weapons of the Polish Army:

– Military Police (driving simulator)

– Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” – Radom – (VIS 100 pistol, GROT carbine)

– promotional stand of the 18th Capital Territorial Defense Forces Brigade

– subunit of the 18th Mechanized Division (MRAP Cougar armored personnel carrier)

– Regional IT Center Warsaw (Cyberspace Defense Forces)

– Military Technical Academy (parachute section)

– 1st Branch of the Association of Polish Paratroopers

– Military Recruitment Center

Other attractions:

– COBI construction blocks zone: creative fun for young and old

– stands with historical publications and souvenirs related to the history of Polish weapons:

Central Military Library, Polish Army Museum, Graf_ika Publishing Services, “White Weapon” – militaria Łódź

– promotional and exhibition stand of the 1st Secondary School “Military Secondary School” named after 111th Fighter Squadron in Wołomin

– food stands.

– soldiers’ treat with military pea soup

Entrance to the Warsaw Citadel at 10.00 – 18.00

The museum is open from: 10.00 – 16.00

Admission is free.

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