Regarding his bemusement at finding that Polish winged hussars were really a thing.
(And because for me, comments there are broken on Disqus.):
The guy in this recent pic not only has an award-winning period-correct costume, IIRC, he is in fact Polish.
This is not just a comic book thing, it's how they rolled.
If you search Google images in Photobucket, you'll find him atop the obligatory horse, as well.
Great (and probably inducing some soiled armor) against 16th century landesknects, Swedish pikemen, and such;
not so bitchin' against Pzkw Is circa 1939, despite a momentary success:
The Poles, whether Uhlans or ordinary citizens, were never lacking in bravery, just in weaponry and support. Far more currently germane is this illustration of what they were about after October of 1939:
Click on that last pic to embiggen.
And pay attention to the details, lads and ladies, you may see this material again, and in a far-too-close-to-home sort of way.