This book examines the origins and development of the Polish 'Winged' Hussars. Using many years' painstaking research drawn from unpublished Polish sources, the author provides a rounded view of the training, tactics, appearance and experiences of these legendary and fascinating warriors. Most dramatic of all Hussar characteristics were the 'wings' worn on the back or on the saddle, although not all Hussars wore them, and their purpose has been fiercely debated. The Hussars terrified the Turks, Tatars, Muscovite boyars, Ukrainian Cossacks and Swedes, who did everything to avoid facing them directly in battle.
Richard Brzezinski is a leading expert on the military history of Central and Eastern Europe. His previous titles for Osprey include Men-at-Arms 184 and 188, 'Polish Armies 1569-1696' parts 1 and 2, and Men-at-Arms 235 and 262, 'The Army of Gustavus Adolphus' parts 1 and 2. A fluent Polish speaker, he has researched the Polish Hussars for many years and acted as a historical consultant for film and television on this subject. He lives in Warsaw, Poland.