The Husaria

The Husaria were the heavily armoured cavalry of the Polish-Lithuanian "Rzeczpospolita". They dominated the battlefields from the beginning of the 16th century until the middle of the 18th century. Their main task was to break up the phalanx of the enemy and then to over-run it in order to force the enemy to surrender or to flee. They remained undefeated for over 125 years due to this and as a result of their unusual weaponery and war tactics they are considered the most effective cavalry in World History.


The Origin

The Husaria appear to have their origins in the Battle of Kosovo on June 15th of the portentous year 1389 AD when the united Serbian armies were forced to surrender to the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans had been conquering the Byzantine Empire under the banner of the Prophet Mohammed for a long time and they had to cut off Constantinople from the support of the Serbian armies as they were pushing to attack the Byzantine Empire’s capital head-on at last. They ultimately succeeded, almost 60 years later in 1453 Anno Domini, when with the fall of Constantinople after the invasion of the Janissaries through the Kerkoporta and the sacrilegious ride of Sultan Mehmed II on the altar of the Hagia Sophia, the era of the Byzantine Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire came to an end. The Serbian warriors, the Ussars or Gussars, mounted and armed, then sought refuge in neighbouring kingdoms from where they continued their campaign against the Ottomans. Defeat is a foreign concept to the Serbian soul; it will not surrender but rather thirst for revenge ...

(Bart & John E Paver)