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The Gallery of Polish Arms and Uniforms with a 1200 mē display area on the ground floor has been renovated in 2009. Over 1600 objects show Polish military history from the 10th c. to WW II.
The memorabilia show works of great craftsmanship such as a horse tack ornamented with precious stones, ensigns and relics of famous Polish military leaders (photo 1) .
Surprising is unique collections of Polish sabres, arms and armour of Polish Winged Hussars (Photo 2) . This was a discovery for me .
Polish lances were long (about 5 m) and were hollowed. The hussars had also a sabre and pistols. The hussars' primary battle tactic was the charge, slow at first, then closing ranks and charging through the enemy at the highest pace .
The typical Polish lancers cap called chap(s)ka (czapka) (photo 3), is a peaked cap with a square-shaped crown. Napoleon had a regiment of Polish lancers wearing the chapska in his imperial guard .
All this is illustrated with video displays and multimedia presentations.
Indications in Polish and English. Photos allowed (no flash).
Address: Muzeum Narodowe W Krakowie, Al. 3 Maja, 1, 30-062
Phone: +48 12 433 55 00
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