In our first episode we explained how we came up with our name POLCAST Pol…and all that jazz
Today a few words about our logo – a wing over the microphone. Why the wing?
There are numerous symbols of Poland – the eagle, the stork, amber and also hussaria.
Winged Hussars, were one of the main types of the cavalry between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Adopted from Serbians in the 14th centrury, the name is Hungarian.
Considered the elite of the Polish cavalry, they were recruited from the wealthier Polish nobility.
Remember the story about coffee and Battle of Vienna in 1683? that’s where Polish hussaria played an important role.
The Hussars were famous for their huge “wings”, a wooden frame with eagle, ostrich, swan or goose feathers. In the 16th century, characteristic painted wings or winged claws began to appear on cavalry shields.
The age old military dilemma is how to equip an army with more powerful weapons and stronger armour, but at the same time make soldiers faster and more agile. The ingenious Polish solution was… to scare the heck out of the enemy’s horses with the loud, clattering noise of wooden framed feathered wings.
So when we asked people which of the three or four logos they liked the most, their choice was clear – the one with hussaria wings!
The film is in Polish but it shows really well how amazing the Winged Hussars were – no battle lost for 125 years and victories over armies that were five times stronger number wise.