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The Battle of Warsaw 1656 - photo coverage



Magda Dziadosz & Krzysztof Stasiak


Warsaw 1656 - Reenactment of the battle

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Polish Hussars were known to wear huge wings attached to the saddles of their horses. Historians dispute, though, if the wings were used only during parades or during actual combats too. Some argue that wings were designed for fights with Tatars who have been using lassos. Loosely attached wings got caught by lassos thus protecting the riders. Others believe that the noise produced by the wings scared enemy horses. Whatever the practical reason was, the wings have contributed to the romantic legend of the victorious hussars.

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