The place had been in possession of the enemy for a few days and the Uhlans
had intended to billet there that night.
At two o'clock in the afternoon, a Saxon infantry detachment arrived, along with several units of mounted Uhlans
. Marching through the streets, they suddenly opened fire.
Perhaps the most useful part of the book is the very first chapter in which Smith differentiates the types of cavalry at the time of Napoleon and explains their missions: Heavy Cavalry, Light Cavalry (Hussars, chasseurs a cheval), Line Cavalry (Dragoons, Carabiniers, etc), and Lancers (Uhlans
Furthermore, this stage of the journey takes the wanderer through a dangerous landscape: the Franco-Prussian war recently ended, 'that country-side was still alive with tales of uhlans
, and outlying sentries, and hair-breadth 'scapes from the ignominious cord, and pleasant momentary friendships between invader and invaded' (p.
band and pounds 800 for a set of large-scale German Uhlans
The hurly-burly of the skirmishes between the Sciegian uhlans
and the German colonial forces made the pink-papered walls of the children's room quake, waking the infants and the nursemaids.
Born in Dresden (February 24, 1809); joined the Guard cavalry at Berlin (1827); won the confidence of King Frederick William IV during the revolution of 1848; becoming the King's aide-de-camp, he was sent on a mission to Sweden (late 1848); he was promoted to lieutenant colonel (1852); appointed to command the 5th Uhlans
(1853); during the Crimean War (in which Prussia was not involved, and hoped not to become involved), went on two diplomatic missions to Vienna and one to St.
We were on the s move next morning, and a couple of days later we had a brush-up with some German Uhlans who were fine cavalrymen and excellent raiders; there were bands of them operating around the Bailleul area.
No doubt the Uhlans had seen us advancing and opened fire with their carbines from inside the wood, then mounting their horses and using the wood as a screen had galloped safely out of sight.
The next morning he told us that he had been through a bit of torture: the wounded man had been carried upstairs and during the night six Uhlans had rode up to the farm, tied their horses up outside and entered.
Hidden in their polemics and attired in a uniform of an insurgent cadet or a colourful uhlan, the medieval idea of chivalry became the focus of Milosz's and Herbert's views on the most important things in life expressed by each of them through different means.
In his later years Slowacki gave poetic expression to the identity of a knight in the following sentence: "The spirit of life is a proud knight,/And its sight is directed upwards." As a counterpoint to this ideal, Slowacki depicted the figure of a colourful uhlan who charges on with his pointed lance and a banner flapping in the wind-a caricature and negation of chivalry.