Hurricane


Hurricane (Squadron 303) is the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country, which had existed in its modern form for barely twenty years before it was crushed between the opposing jaws of Germany and Russia. Equipped with the almost-obsolete Hurricane and (with some initial reluctance) given RAF blue uniforms, while they fought, Poland lived. Starring Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones, Misfits, Inhumans), Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Stephanie Martini (Crooked House, Prime Suspect 1973), Kristof Hadek (Under the Skin, Dark Blue World, 3 Seasons in Hell), Marcin Dorocinski (Roza, Jack Strong, Pitbull, Anthropoid). The story of the Polish fliers who found themselves fighting for the freedom of their own country in foreign skies. Seen through the eyes of Jan Zumbach, fighter ace and adventurer, it tells how the Poles, driven across Europe by the German war machine, finally made their last stand.

Flying Hurricanes for the RAF over Britain, they became a key component in the legend of ‘The Few’. Up against the might of the Luftwaffe they hoped that, by saving Great Britain from Nazi invasion, they were keeping the dream of a free Poland alive. In the lethal melee above England in that summer of 1940, they fought with a tenacity and skill that earned them the admiration of the whole British nation. The dogfights against superior planes cost some of the men their lives. The constant strain of gladiatorial combat took away the sanity of others. But, as Zumbach discovers as the war stutters to a close, becoming the best in the RAF is a hollow victory for the Poles. Hurricane shows how, even in a man’s finest hour, cynical political manoeuvrings can destroy his hopes, strip away his dignity and lead him to a very dark place indeed.

Hurricane

Hurricane


No. 303 (Kościuszko) Polish Fighter Squadron (303 Dywizjon Myśliwski “Warszawski im. Tadeusza Kościuszki”) was one of 16 Polish squadrons in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. It was not just the highest scoring of the Hurricane squadrons during the Battle of Britain, but it had the highest ratio of enemy aircraft destroyed to their own lost (safest). The squadron was named after the Polish and United States hero General Tadeusz Kościuszko, and the eponymous Polish 7th Air Escadrille founded by Merian C. Cooper, that served Poland in the 1919–1921 Polish-Soviet War. No. 303 was formed in July 1940 in Blackpool, England[4] before deployment to RAF Northolt on 2 August as part of an agreement between the Polish Government in Exile and the United Kingdom. It had a distinguished combat record and was disbanded in December 1946.

No. 303 Squadron was the most effective Polish RAF squadron during the Second World War. Some sources state that its pilots were invited to the London Victory Parade of 1946, The Daily Telegraph says that it was the only representative of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. The invitation was refused because no other Polish units were invited. However, according to other sources No. 303 Squadron was not invited and so could not have refused the invitation. After the end of the war, squadron morale decreased due to the treatment of Poland by the Allies (Western betrayal of Poland), and the squadron was eventually disbanded in December 1946.

Hurricane

Hurricane

CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle


The VBA (Veicolo blindato anfibio), a combination of the SUPERAV of Iveco D.V. and the HITFIST OWS weapon station turret of OTO Melara, has been developed to match the requirements of the new Italian Amphibious Brigade and represents an outstanding progress in the design of armoured amphibious vehicles. Capable of supporting littoral operations beyond Sea State 3, the VBA can carry a 10 tons mission load, including an overhead weapon station mounting up to a 40mm cannon. With outstanding mobility on land and in the water, and airtransportability in a C130, the VBA provides an optimum blend of tactical, operational and strategic mobility.

CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle

CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle


The HITFIST OWS is a remotely operated weapon station incorporating the latest technologies in the fields of electronics, signature and Man Machine Interface (MMI) and it is the best of class in terms of lethality, survivability and fightability. The main armament consists of the ATK Mk44 30mm chain gun of, electrically controlled for elevation, traversing and firing operations. As an option the main armament can be also completed by the introduction of two Anti Tank missile launchers, side mounted. The weapon station turret is fitted for receiving a secondary armament composed by a 7,62mm machine gun coaxially mounted. The HITFIST® OWS can be completely controlled by one member of the crew (the Gunner) from a remote position, under the hull protection, through a multifunction colour display and joysticks properly accommodated inside the vehicle. Moreover the operator, standing up from the own seat, can perform the 360° direct vision of the battlefield through the episcopes, the ammunition reloading and simple maintenance operations.
CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle

CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle


The VBA has an under armour volume of 14 m3 and can carry a crew of up to 13 in a highly protected compartment. The VBA HITFIST® OWS monocoque hull is made in high hardness steel which provids a protection for the crew against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. The vehicle can be also fitted with add-on armour to increase protection against IEDs and mine blast withouth limiting its amphibious capability. The VBA HITFIST® OWS is motorized with an Iveco Cursor 13 6L turbocharged multifuel diesel engine coupled to a ZF 7HP902 gearbox with serven forward and one reverse speed. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 105 km/h with a maximum road range of 800 km. Standard equipment includes NBC protection, automatic fire suppression systems and central tires inflation.
CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle

CIO VBA Amphibious Armoured Vehicle


The Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO in short), was established in 1985 on equal participation between Iveco Defence Vehicles and Leonardo, in order to fulfil the technical-administrative requirements of the Italian Army that in those years launched a series of programmes that led to the production of MBTs, tracked IFVs, wheeled armoured cars and APCs. Iveco Defence Vehicles is a brand of CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Through its commercial vehicles and specialty vehicles brands, CNH Industrial offers a range of light, medium and heavy vehicles for the transportation and distribution of goods with the Iveco brand, buses and touring coaches through the Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus brands, quarry and mining equipment through Iveco Astra, firefighting vehicles through the Magirus brand and a full range of vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of defence applications through the Iveco Defence Vehicles brand.