Exhibition annotation

In cavalry history of Grand Duchy of Lithuania the hussars take exceptional place. This type of cavalry emerged because of variety of internal and external factors. Constant changeover process at first synchronized with analogues in other Central European countries later on in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth took another path. Distinctive cavalry type was formed.

This type of cavalry sometimes is called winged hussars. They very well defined against other cavalry with noticeable and spectacular equipment element – wings which were fixed to their back or saddle. Winged hussars shouldn’t be mixed up with light hussars which were a light cavalry type which was common in most of European counties in XVIIIth century. Light hussars were almost exclusively Hungarian structure however winged hussars only origins were from Hungary but took the final form in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth where mixed West and East military elements with local traditions and achievements.

In the second part of XVIth century the hussars became and remained a core of Lithuanian cavalry. In XVI–XVII centuries they fought in most wars Grand Duchy of Lithuania participated. In Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth cavalry the hussars appeared to the very end of XVIIIth century military reforms when they were liquidated.

Vytautas the Great War Museum has a lot of fighting attributes of this specific cavalry type. Exhibition represents details of weaponry and armor which reflects distinctive fighting style of hussars. The exhibition is displayed the exhibits of Vytautas the Great War Museum.