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320-transport-2 (This brief summary in English unfortunately does not convey the wit and humor so abundant in the Polish version of Junak’s Letter to the Editor.) Women drivers of the 320 Transport Company were seen by the young students of the Polish Mechanical School as beautiful goddesses and objects of adolescent dreams. The School (“Gimnazjum Mechaniczne”) was located in Tel-El-Kebir, not far from Qassasin where the 320 Transport was stationed. 320 lady drivers, commonly nicknamed “Pestki”, frequently made truck deliveries to Tel-El-Kebir. Few boys were able to get close to the “girls”, because even at the popular dances which filled the young soldiers (Junaks) with heartbeat anticipation and expectations, the older, more experienced and affluent colleagues attracted far more attention from the ladies. In spite of that the author, “Past Junak”, remembers those days with great fondness and perhaps even wistfulness?
320 Transport Company 320 Transport Company was stationed in Qassasin, Egypt. The photo, which dates from March 1946, shows the 2nd platoon commanded by Czeslaw Syska, seated second from the right. The 320 Transport Co. wore distinctive black berets. (Submitted by member Andrew Syska)
320 Transport Co badge The winning design of the 320 Transport Co badge was submitted by cadet Rafal Tajpowski. He was visiting his parents in Qassasin, Egypt in 1944 at the time of the design contest.
320 Transport Co. Vehicle Lineup Frequent inspections ensured safety. Drivers were required to explain maintenance logs.
320 Transport Co. Vehicle Lineup (2) 320 Transport Co. Vehicle Lineup (2)
320 Transport Co. Lt. Syska Lt. Syska commanded 2nd Platoon of the 320 Transport Co.
320 Transport Co. Random photos 320 Transport Co. Random photos
320 Transport Co.- Fun Time Piorek was a friend. He allowed me to take the jeep on my own, even when I was not supposed to.
320 Transport Co. – Dispatch orders are given. 320 Transport Co. – Dispatch orders are given.
320 Transport Co. – Un-named “Pestka” Driver Although there were a number of lady drivers in the 320 Transport Co, I only recall this one lady, unfortunately without remembering her name. She may have been in charge of "Pestkas"; she had a very thoughtful and authoritative demeanor. (Andrew Syska)
1945-Driver’s Licence To pass a driving test, 320 Transport required candidates to demonstrate mechanical and road handling profficiency. The tests were very hard.
320-transport-1 Summary of article in the The Polish Daily, 3 September 2008. "The Forgotten Company". 320 was an important army transport company, which trucked goods and people between Polish and British military bases in Egypt and Palestine, operating out of Qassasin in Egypt between 1944 and 1947. Named “320 Transport Company” it grew to a company strength of some 300 - both men and women - and operated about a hundred vehicles of various sizes including motorcycle courier services. The “320 Transport” was also a socially active and engaging group, not only venturing into competitive sports like football, boxing and ping-pong, but also participating in art and literary productions spearheaded by the “320” librarians. And, yes, they did love dancing, also. Most names of the “320” men and women are no longer available, some that are include: Wiśniowiecki, Głowacki, Pfanhauser, Zawiślak, Stachowicz, Bartosz, Wyszedzki, Syska, Wodzisławski, Dylko… After long and distinguished service during the war years, “320 Transport” was liquidated at the end of the war in 1947 and all the men and women were shipped to UK to be resettled into civilian life.