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  • Polish Hussar Charge (Movie Scene)

    This short clip is one of my favorites from the Polish film Ogniem i Mieczem. In this scene a Polish hussar regiment (called "Usaria" in the period Polish language) engages Cossack rebel infantry. Cossack cavalry then counterattacks the Poles and finally Islamic Tatars under Tugay Bey who are allied with the Cossacks also counterattack the Poles. Tugay Bey was wounded in the head this battle but survived. The year was 1648.

    The Polish noble cavalryman wielding the huge Teutonic "Zweihänder" sword is not a historic figure but a fictional character in the book by H.Sienkiewicz.

    Normally heavy Polish hussars used repeating lance charges followed by withdrawals, regrouping and more charges. Each charge used up their lances but there were supply carts immediately behind the horsemen with an infinite supply of more lances to pick up for the next charge.

    We still don't know for sure if the Polish hussars went into combat with the wings on their backs. Some historians have suggested the wings were used for parades only.

    You will love the ending of the clip where the Islamic "mujahadeen" Tugay Bey gets what he asked for-haha!

    Last edited by MonsterZero; 26 Mar 09, 21:31.

    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

  • #2
    Very cool the Hussars are some of my favorite Cavalry

    BTW who won that fight?
    The Napoleonic Era, and WWI and WWII are NOT! the be all, end all of Military History.

    Properly trained Cavalry can and will beat the vaunted infantry man

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    • #3
      Very nice!
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Klibanophoros View Post
        Very cool the Hussars are some of my favorite Cavalry

        BTW who won that fight?
        This battle took place during the Zbarazh siege where the Poles defended the Zbarazh fortress in the Ukraine while rebel Cossacks and Tatars assaulted. The Poles won this particular cavalry battle but this did not life the siege. After the battle the forces returned to their trenches. The siege was eventually lifted by external help from another Polish army under King John Casimir.
        Last edited by MonsterZero; 26 Mar 09, 23:09.

        "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
        --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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        • #5
          Thanks I also noticed that the costumes were very accurate
          The Napoleonic Era, and WWI and WWII are NOT! the be all, end all of Military History.

          Properly trained Cavalry can and will beat the vaunted infantry man

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Klibanophoros View Post
            Thanks I also noticed that the costumes were very accurate
            This was the most expensive Polish film until Quo Vadis released a few years later.

            "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
            --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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            • #7
              You can see entire movie here:

              http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=75404

              "[...]

              While Brittania's Huns with their long-range guns
              Sailed in through the foggy dew.


              [...]"

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              • #8
                1612

                Here is another one of the period, produced in 2008:
                The movie is called 1612, and will be released in Canada on April 7th.

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                • #9
                  Some more similar threads:
                  http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=70739

                  http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=52012
                  - Your Highness, the enemy is so numerous... they outnumber your army.
                  - My friend, first I beat 'em then I'll count 'em
                  (Polish King Jan III Sobieski during his campaigns)

                  Historia Wojskowa Portal Historyczno-Wojskowy phw.org.pl

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the links, I was unaware of them.

                    I have a lot of materials about that period collected, specially about the 30 Years War in Europe(1618-1648). Most people probably do not know, that more germans died in this conflict, than in WW1 + WW2 together:
                    26 Million.
                    That was half the population at that time.



                    The youtube segment is part of german miniseries called "WIR DEUTSCHEN".

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