What is the 4th Infantry Division?
The 4th Infantry Division is a Realism unit which utilizes the Iron Front mod in combination with typical realism mods such as TFAR, and ACE3. We represent the incarnation of the Polish 4th Infantry Division, reconstituted by Soviet forces to fight on the eastern front. WE ARE NOT THE AMERICAN 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION! The 4th ID was comprised of many hardened veterans from the invasion of Poland. many of these polish soldiers spent time in a variety of Soviet camps and were released in 1941 under the Sikorski–Mayski agreement, allowing for the creation of a Polish army on Soviet territory. The 4th ID was subordinated to the 1st Polish Army (1st Armia Wojska Polskiego / 1AWP) of the 1st Belorussian front since its creation until the end of the war. Formed under the organization of a Soviet Guards Rifle Division, they were treated and equipped as equals with their Soviet counter-parts. The division began its march from Moscow in late 1943 and fought in many notable eastern front battles such as attempting to intervene in the Warsaw Uprising (1944) to the contempt of their Soviet comrades, The Vistula-Oder Offensive, The Battle of Kolberg, and The Battle of Berlin. We aim to recreate some of these historic battles, and we hope you will join us to see the world war from an innovative and distinct perspective and live the forgotten lives of the Polish forces fighting to free their country on the eastern front!
The History of Poland's Continued Struggle in the East
The invasion of Poland by both the German Reich and their Soviet collaborators effectively ended Poland's brief independence as a nation of 21 years. Caught in Soviet territory after the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was put into action, Polish prisoners of war taken by the Soviets in 1939 were divided into two groups : Roughly 15,000 officers and policemen who were sent to three camps - Kozielsk, Starobielsk, and Otaszkow; and 190,000 privates and non-commissioned officers who were distributed throughout the vast gulag system. On June 22nd 1941, Operation Barbarossa began and the Soviet Union was thrust into the second world war on the allied side. This new course of events prompted a re-opening of Polish-Soviet negotiations, and the Sikorski–Mayski agreement was signed on the 30th of July, 1941. This agreement outlined the terms of mutual aid in the war against Hitler, provided amnesty for Polish citizens deprived of freedom on Soviet territory, and allowed for the formation of a Polish army under a commander selected by the Polish government-in-exile in London. Polish General Władysław Anders was released from NKVD captivity and chosen for the role. In response to the agreement, freed Polish gulag prisoners began to trek across Russia to the assembly point of Buzuluk near Kuibyshev. The journeys of these men took weeks, even months to complete and involved spending nights at stations in hungry cities, waiting days at a time for erratically running trains. Many of these men, weakened by their past Gulag experiences, died from dysentery, typhus, exhaustion, or starvation during their journeys or upon their arrival. However, the amount of Polish officers arriving in Buzuluk was much smaller than expected. Stalin, when asked about this, replied that the officers had escaped to Manchuria. In 1943, 4,321 bodies of these polish officers were discovered by the Germans, murdered and buried in mass graves around the areas of Katyn forest. It is now known from declassified NKVD archives that the remaining officers were killed by the Soviets in Twer (Kalinin during Soviet rule), and Kharkov in Ukraine. By the middle of March 1942 about 70,000 Polish ex-prisoners of war were assembled. General Anders then succeeded in obtaining an agreement from Stalin for the evacuation of this Polish army to Persia (Now Iran), where they would be supplied and equipped by the British commonwealth. This polish army would continue to fight into Africa and form the Polish 2nd Corps, fighting alongside the western allies. However, there were many Poles who did not reach General Ander's army in time to join its evacuation to Iran and the Middle East in 1942. These men left behind in the Soviet Union, together with conscripts incorporated into the army when the Soviets reached polish territories, were formed sequentially into the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Polish armies (1st Armia Wojska Polskiego, 2AWP, 3AWP). These armies fell under the command of a handful of Polish officers who agreed to cooperate with the Soviets. Unable to resurrect the roughly 15,000 Polish officers who they had murdered, the Soviets added some of their own Russian officers to the Polish Army who often could only speak a few words of Polish. Overall command of these armies past the brigade-level was generally Soviet, and the Soviets made token attempts to draw upon Polish Military tradition, whenever it did not collide with their own interests. For example, Polish Army units in the Soviet Union were the only ones who had military chaplains - a concept completely unheard of in the Soviet Red army. The 4th Infantry Division, subordinated to the 1st Polish Army, fought in central Poland and around the baltic coast. At this stage of the war, the Polish role in the Soviet drive westward was fairly substantial. Contributing 200,000 troops; this was approximately 10% of the force taking part in Marshal Zhukov & Koniev's drive on Berlin, not counting Polish auxiliary units behind the front in Poland and eastern Germany.
Server / Asset Information
We currently own two ArmA III dedicated servers to host our events on, as well as a Teamspeak 3 server to facilitate voice communications for the unit. Our public server currently runs Iron Front Liberation as the Allied forces, you only need IFA3Lite and its dependencies downloaded to connect to it! Our platoon drill server is also dedicated and runs our platoon drill map along with our unit modpack. You can download Iron Front ArmA III and its dependencies here on the Steam Workshop : https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=660460283
Teamspeak 3 Server : 188.8.131.52
Website : http://4thIDIronFront.Boards.net
Steam Group : https://steamcommunity.com/groups/4thinfantrydivisionifa3
ArmA III Units Page : https://units.arma3.com/unit/4th-ID
IFA3 Liberation Server :
Unit Drill Server :
What Can I do in the 4th Infantry Division?
As a newly formed unit the 4th ID is looking to fill numerous positions in our ground forces. Just like any other unit, riflemen are always in high demand! If you have a specific inquiry into a position you could possibly fill, it never hurts to come into Teamspeak and talk to us! If you have an inquiry into filling a leadership position, please present any documents you possess relevant to the training/organization/structure/SOP in the position which you desire to fill and explain to us why you should have such a position. Time-wasters and immaturity is not tolerated within leadership.
How Can I join?
This unit is open to any and all persons above the age of 15 and we would love new people to come make the Polish Armed Forces in the East a reality with us! If you are interested in joining, please add me on steam or join our Website and fill out our recruitment application at : http://4thIDIronFront.Boards.net/thread/2/unit-recruitment-application
All of our events, general discussions on forums, and unit structure/information is contained on our website, that is our main form of unit organization besides our Teamspeak Server!
--- Młodszy Porucznik Klimik 1st Platoon Leader, Alpha Co, 2nd Battalion, 14th Kujawy Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division