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"I knew I was right! If there is no difference in tanks then Bonple are nothing but the best!"
―Jajka

Bonple High School (ボンプル学園) is one of the minor schools in Girls und Panzer. It also appears in the spin-off manga Ribbon Warrior as the antagonist school.

Background

History & Policy

Bonple Girl’s High School has its roots in a group of Polish children that crossed over from Siberia to Japan. Upon their return back to their home county, a school was built for their new Japanese friends.

Originally a medical school in Kanagawa Prefecture, the school and the vision for the school’s future massively grew, forcing them to make the decision to host the school at the Port of Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture. Once an old school ship was acquired from St. Gloriana, Bonple Girl’s High School was officially opened. The school often hosts St. Gloriana exchange students, and to this day St. Gloriana and Bonple maintain good relations.

Bonple is more famous for it's cuisine (Boiled eggs are popular, and Katsudon with Boiled Eggs and a special sauce), music and for their world-class Dressage and Equestrian team thatn their Sensha-do.

Though Bonple students are earnest and diligent, making a difficult choice is all but impossible for them. Due to their hard working habits and a passion for education, the acceptance rate for Bonple graduated at top tier universities is very high, with many Bonple graduates attending Saunders University. Despite these qualities students are also stubborn and prefer the familiar. They have a habit of avoiding change, sometimes to the point of intentionally skipping matches.

Materiel

Despite their relatively small number and size of their tanks, Bonple prides itself on fielding domestically designed and produced Polish tanks, with their main force being the TKS Tankette and the 7TP tank, both the machine gun armed twin turreted version and the single turreted version armed with a proper 37mm anti tank gun. Also owned by the Bonple Senshado team is the extremely rare 10TP, which never left the prototyping stage of development and at least one 9TP (up-armored version of the 7TP).

There tried to lauuch several projects to increase the firepower of their tanks (especially those armed with machine guns) but all projects were delayed. They decided to acquire a Renault R35 (because it shared 37mm ammunitions with their old FT tanks that easing logistics) but the short 37mm gun had anemic AT performances (additionaly their R35 is out of order).

After exhausting all solutions, as it's impossible for them to fight heavier vehicles they decided to put a request to other schools to acquire a vehicle capable of heavy AT specs. As they wasn't expected so many response they were completely overwhelmed with the replies (M4A2 Sherman from Saunders, Cruiser Mk.IV from St.Gloriana, Hetzer from Kuromorimine and T-34/76 from Pravda) because of this the school experienced great turmoil as the students split themselves up based on what school they supported. As Bonple have good relations with St. Gloriana the largest group of student supported the acquisition of Cruiser Mk.IV but a significant number of older students prefer Saunders' offer. To not ruining relationships with Kuromorimine and Pravda by hastying reject their offers they postponed their answers.

In the end, as they disagree on which offer to accept, the adoption of new tanks and tactics have been delayed.

Tactics

Due to their relatively light vehicles compared to the other schools, their tactics are based on maneuver warfare doctrines and traditional Polish cavalry tactics. Their main plan consists of a line of tanks advancing towards an enemy, while a detached force charges and slowly narrows to create a point to focus their charge onto a small area of the enemy lines.

This tactic necessitates very fast, and thus very light tanks with small armaments, oftentimes no more than machine guns. However, though they had their start with a pure tankette lineup, to keep up with developments they soon focused their attention on the relatively heavier light tanks.

Because of this their Senshado team is rather mediocre while their Tankathlon team is among the best (as Tankathlon only allows tanks that weight less than ten tons which a operates a re-balance of power) as they won Tankathlon last season tournament and maybe others as Jajka is nicknamed "Queen of Tankathlon".

Schoolship

Bonple carrier
As Poland never owns aircraft carriers, Bonple acquired an old schoolship from St. Gloriana High School.

Uniform

Bonple's schoolgirl uniform consists into a khaki high waist corset with suspenders on a black-tied white blouse and khaki pleated skirt.

Bonple's Sensha-do uniform consists into a khaki jacket, a field cap with an edelweiss on the collar (taken from Polish Podhale Rifles Brigade), a white blouse with a black tie underneath the jacket, a khaki pleated skirt and a pair of black boots. Jajka due to her rank has the same uniform but with ornaments (taken from Polish Podhale Rifles Brigade parade uniform).

Members

Bonple High School has two known student of note.

Jajka

Main article: Jajka

She is the overall commander of Bonple, she is referred as Grandmaster. She appears when she interrupt a Tankathlon match between Tatenashi Girls High School and Anzio Girls High School that she considers as a "weak fight" as Tatenashi is completely outnumbered. She is later seen annihilates Tategoto High School and wins against Katyusha Volunteer's Army that was three times as numerous as Bonple.

Uszka

Main article: Uszka

Little is know about her except that she seems to be Jajka's second-in-command.

Vehicles operated

Tanks

In Girls und Panzer

Anime

The school is mentioned only in a screen where the tournament's array is revealed, as Pravda High School's first opponents. It is later seen that they were annihilated.

Ribbon Warrior

Bonple made three appearences so far in the manga. The first is when Jajka interrupts a match between Centipede Team and Anzio, then when Bonple crush the beginneer Tategoto High School and finally during the Tankathlon match against Katyusha Volunteer's Army that Bonple wins via ambush and deception.

Trivia

  • Their emblem comes from Wojtek, a syrian brown bear that have been adopted by Polish 2nd Corps in Iran and enlisted as a soldier in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company. He is known for taking part in the Battle of Monte Cassino where he carried ammunition. After that due to his popularity the 22nd Artillery Supply Company adopted as official emblem a bear carrying an artillery shell with HQ approval.
  • Bonple's internal struggle on which school proposal to choose that's leads them to a dead end, is a reference to the Liberum Veto.

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