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Polish or Winged Hussars were the elite cavalry of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. They often charged straight towards their enemy at a time where artillery and guns were gaining more and more popularity. Both the Ottomans and the Tatars amongst other foes, would only have to see the banners of the Husaria to feel unease suddenly emerge within their ranks.

Today the Hussars are mostly known for the elaborate ‘wings’ that riders wore. These wings could be made from a variety of materials although real bird feathers were the most common.