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Polish Winged Hussar 1576-1775

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Author: Richard Brzezinski
Illustrator: Velimir Vuksic
Publication Date: 5 Jul 2006
ISBN: 9781841766508
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 64

The Polish hussar was, to quote one of many foreign visitors impressed by them, 'without doubt one of the most spectacular soldiers in the world'. Most dramatic of all hussar characteristics were the 'wings' worn on the back or on the saddle; their purpose has been hotly debated. The hussar's main offensive weapon was a 4-5 metre lance (kopia). This title takes a close look at the origins and development of the Polish 'winged' hussars, and using many years' painstaking research drawn from unpublished Polish sources, provides a rounded view of the training, tactics, appearance and experiences of these legendary and fascinating warriors.

Richard Brzezinski is an independent historian who has spent much of the last 20 years travelling across Europe to research the visual aspects of military history from primary sources. Besides his ground-breaking books for Osprey, he has written articles for History Today and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He has also worked as as an historical adviser for the BBC and on the Polish film epic With Fire & Sword (1998). In his spare time he works as an editor and translator.Velimir Vuksic is a talented and experienced military illustrator whose published work covers a wide variety of periods, conflicts and armies. He has worked for numerous magazines over the years, including Military Illustrated. A native of Croatia, Velimir has also served in the armed forces as a paratrooper. He lives and works in Croatia.

Introduction: History and Origins Chronology Recruitment & Organisation Equipment Wings Horses & Saddlery Campaign & Camp Life Experience of Battle Conclusion Glossary Museums Collecting Re-enactment Colour plate commentary Index

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