Monday, September 14, 2020

Polish Legion cavalryman & horse- Austro-Hungarian army circa 1916

Salvete Omnes,
a very interesting photo from the collections of Polish National Library - Polona:
a Polish Uhlan of the 1st Uhlan Regiment, Polish Legions, of circa 1916 with his horse saddled with the Austro-Hungarian saddle and tack according to the 1883 regulations. He has also an Austrian regulations sabre.
The young woman holding the horse and the woman with a small child  are  unknown.
A while ago I posted the horse tack regulations for the Polish cavalry published in 1919, that were almost the same to the ones made in 1916.

and in order to get more information on these 'Austrian' saddles and tack we can turn to this book by  William H. Carter, 6th US cavalry titled  Horses, Saddles and Bridles (1906) where one may find  practitioner's information on the Austro-Hungarian cavalry tack etc of he pre-Great War and Great War period.

 there are two books by Osprey that really do not address horse and cavalry equipment:
1.Polish Legions 1914-19 by Nigel Thomas  but I am not too fond of it. Johnny Shumate's work is decent but my authority for this period, Krzysztof Komaniecki,   says that not adequate for the subject matter.
2. The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I - 1914 by Peter Jung -  not a dissimilar sentiment, but illustrations by Darko Pavlovic are very interesting and appealing.

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