Cool History

TIL the winged Hussars were badass cavalry

And what I don’t understand is how their uniform hasn’t inspired sick superhero outfits.

Polish cavalry “shock troops” who wore wings on their backs made of wooden frames with eagle feathers sticking out – the white eagle being a symbol of Poland – and used lances to attack. Poland big on cavalry because it’s flat plains.

Became obsolete due to changes in warfare style led by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, according to my husband the father of modern warfare, who combined multiple types of troops into one attack e.g. cavalry with artillery.

By Tracy Durnell

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