Hi ! everybody…
Lew did ask me about this “POCSIK” name, which is CERTAINLY NOT a Polish name, maybe Hungarian (?)…
It should not be confused with the pre WW-II well known Polish ammunition company, known as (-sorry John, I am aware that the Polish language is quite a burden for those who are not used to it!)
[b]POCISK SPOLKA AKCYJNA[/b]
Pocisk means “bullet”, or “projectile”, and so the name is
[i]Society by actions /i (for the production of) Projectiles or by extent “Ammunition”.
The Company was created in the mid-twenties, with several subsidiaries, the main being in downtown Warsaw, with assets in a good part coming from foreign investors, like the French S.F.M. or even Mandl from Austria.
It was the major not government-owned ammo facility in Poland, and it covered the major part of the Polish Army needs from 1934, also working for the civilian (commercial) market and even exporting, from the beginning of thirties.
When the Germans arrived, the premises were immediately occupîed, but curiously, practically no ammunition was made under the new owners 's supervision, the machinery being dismantled and sent in Germany, and the works being used as storage grounds by the Wehrmacht.
When the Occupation forces did retire, as the major part of the City, practically nothing but the walls and rubble had been left behind, but even with the coming back of some personals who did survive the war, the commy puppet “popular” government nationalised everything still in existence, seizing the remaing assets, and eluding the possibility to start again any military procurement.
Manufacture of bicycles under the Pocisk brand name was overviewed for a short period, but it did not go far, and the name of what had been a well-known actor of Ammunition production in pre-1939 Europe just disappeared for good… R.I.P…