Throughout this period, Poland was the chief power of Eastern Europe, possessing not only vast territories stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and from Pomerania in the West eastward almost to the Don, but also remarkably effective armed forces.
Unique in their organisation, tactics and appearance, combining the tactics and weapons of East and West with traditional Polish gallantry and dash, they successfully took on Muscovites, Cossacks, Tartars, Turks, Austrians, Germans, Danes, Swedes and Wallachians; even the great Gustavus Adolphus based most of his military reforms on the lessons he learned in warfare against the Poles.
These Poles were sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry. You might also be interested in our Mark Copplestone sculpted Cossacks.
Winged Hussar regiment painted by Tomasz Wolski: