|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Region of recruitment||Army Board|
Polish Hussars or the Towarzysz husarski were the main type of cavalry of the first Polish Army, later also introduced into the Army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, between the 16th and 18th centuries. When this cavalry type was first introduced by the Serbian mercenary horsemen around the year 1500, they served as light cavalry banners; by the second half of the 16th century hussars had been transformed into heavy cavalry. Until the reforms of 1770s the husaria banners or companies were considered the elite of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth cavalry.
In the Grand Campaign, Poland-Lithuania may train up to ten regiments of Winged Hussars. Winged Hussars are a combination of a lancer unit and heavy cavalry which can devastate enemy targets with their charge, yet also have a heavy advantage in pitched combat. They are particularly devastating against small groups of enemies, as their charge alone will kill most of them. Winged Hussars are also very effective against cavalry.
However, Winged Hussars are not invulnerable. Although they fare better than regular cavalry when charging line infantry frontally, they will still take heavy losses if they attempt to do so. They are also vulnerable to stakes and concentrated fire of all types.