|Upgrades From||Heavy Chariot|
+10 Combat Strength vs. fortified defender.
+7 Combat Strength when defending vs. ranged attacks.
+7 Combat Strength vs. units in Districts.
+5 Combat Strength against damaged units.
| Armor Piercing|
+7 Combat Strength against heavy cavalry units.
| Reactive Armor|
+7 Combat Strength when defending against heavy cavalry and anti-cavalry.
+1 additional attack per turn if Movement allows.
Polish unique Medieval era unit. Pushes defending enemy units back from their hex in any battle where they score more damage. Defenders that cannot retreat suffer additional damage.
Polish military reforms of the late 1570s gave birth to the winged hussars, a fearsome heavy cavalry force who would enjoy their elite status for the next two centuries. Rather than fielding cavalry comprised of foreign mercenaries, Transylvanian prince Stephen Bathory (also Grand Duke of Lithuania, King-by-right-of-his-wife of Poland, and collector of increasingly impressive titles) filled the ranks of the winged hussars with Polish nobility and their retinues. The famed "wings" were wooden frames with feathers attached, borne on a rider's back to clearly distinguish them. It was said the distinctive sound of the wings startled enemy horses and demoralized enemy soldiers with an "evil hiss"—by novelists of later centuries, who likely romanticized a ceremonial accessory. Far less contentious a question are the lances, sabers, and pistols the winged hussars brought to the battlefield, which no doubt startled enemy horses and demoralized enemy soldiers.