Appart for the american and this one, what other versions of this meme exist? (I saw this on /pol/ a few days ago but I can't find it anywhere)
thats all i got i think
got some polish hussar somewhere but cant find him
I saved that image (along with many other variants) quite a while ago, I don't remember the small details about it.
Most of them are at least related to some historic event or stereotype but the Hussar is just wrong in that sense.
Poland was never violent against protestants and even took protestant refugees from other European countries
>were one of the main types of the cavalry in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland between the 16th and 18th centuries.
>Reformation reached Poland in the 1520s
>Counter-reformation in Poland refers to the response (Counter-Reformation) of Catholic Church in Poland (more precisely, the Kingdom of Poland until 1568
Also states that not much violence was involved although they did try to counter it
I'm not an expert and wikipedia might not be the best source but whatever
The opposite actually, the original - medieval - hussars served as light cavalary and the winged ones served as heavy cavalary and were prominent since around late 16th century. Since poland at the time fought mostly with protestant sweden, orthodox russia and zaphorozhie and islamic ottoman empire, you could argue that they were acting as sort of a defense of catholic faith.
They served different purpose i guess. With cuirassier you've got a guy on a horse with a gun who didnt really charge into infantry hiding behind pikes. Later, when pikes grew out of use due to artillery being more accurate they adopted swords and served as highly mobile pain train suited to fight infantry whose melee capabilites were limited to rifle with a bayonet. Hussars were armored so heavily because they were charging at infantry standing in a place and hiding behind pikes and halaberds. And after they did the charge they would just back up and charge again until there were nobody left to stampede. They didnt really engage in prolongued melee like cuirassiers more or less did.