Uhlans

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Uhlans.  The "Death Ride" of the Prussian Uhlans at Mars-le-Tour in 1980 was similar to Britain's Light Cavalry charge at Balaclava - heroic, but costly.  Right (l to r) an Austrian Uhlan (1815), a Russian Uhlan (1812), and an Uhlan of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (1807-14).  Top right, czapkas, the traditional headgear of the lancer - left, Prussian Uhlan helmet; right, Uhlan czapja used in bad weather; bottom right, a Russian model with a rear flap that could be turned down in the rain.  Original artwork for illustrations on pp10-11 in Look and Learn issue no 690 (5 April 1975).  Lent to Look and Learn for scanning by The Gallery of Illustration.

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