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What’s in your kit, Polish Paratrooper?

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Paratroopers are often the first behind enemy lines, dropping from the skies directly into combat zones.
So what does a Polish paratrooper carry in their pack to ensure they’re prepared for anything as soon as they touch the ground?

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Paratroopers are often the first behind enemy lines, dropping from the skies directly into combat zones.

So what does a Polish paratrooper carry in their kit to ensure they’re prepared for anything as soon as they touch the ground?

Footage includes Corporal Tomasz Szęciński of the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade showing what he carries in his backpack. The contents are specifically selected to enable him to survive behind enemy lines without support.

Filmed at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, during Exercise Swift Response 18, designed to test the ability
of the coalition forces to respond quickly and effectively
to potential crisis situations on the European continent.

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TEXT ON SCREEN:
WHAT’S IN YOUR KIT?


--SOUNDBITE—(ENGLISH) of Corporal Tomas Szecnski Polish 6th Airborne Brigade

“When the Polish paratrooper is landing this is what we have on us.”

TEXT ON SCREEN:
#1 COLLAPSIBLE SPADE
#2 5.56MM ASSAULT RIFLE
#3 GAS MASK
#4 SPARE UNIFORM
#5 PONCHO
#6 BIVOUAC SACK
#7 SLEEPING BAG
#8 NIGHT VISION SCOPE
#9 NIGHT VISION MONOCULAR
#10 24HR RATION PACK
#11 BACKPACK RAIN COVER
#12 RADIO
#13 RAIN JACKET
#14 GAITERS
#15 SLEEPING MAT
#16 TOURNIQUET
#17 MEDICAL KIT
#18 HELMET
#19 FLAK JACKET
#20 AMMUNITION
#21 MAP KIT

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