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His son, Matthias Corvinus, later king of Hungary, is unanimously accepted as the creator of these troops, commonly called Rác (a Hungarian exonym for Serbs).

Initially, they fought in small bands, but were reorganised into larger, trained formations during the reign of King Matthias Corvinus.

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In the battles of Byczyna (1588), Kokenhusen (1601), Kircholm (1605), Kłuszyn (1610), Trzciana (1629), Chocim (1673) and Lwów (1675), the Polish–Lithuanian hussars proved to be the decisive factor, often against overwhelming odds.

Until the 18th century, they were considered the elite of the Commonwealth's armed forces.

The hussars reportedly originated in bands of mostly Serbian warriors, crossing into southern Hungary after the Ottoman conquest of Serbia at the end of the 14th century.

Regent-Governor John Hunyadi created mounted units inspired by the Ottomans.

The Habsburg emperors hired Hungarian hussars as mercenaries to serve against the Ottomans and on various battlefields throughout Western Europe.

Over the course of the 16th century, hussars in Transylvania and Hungary became heavier in character: They had abandoned wooden shields and adopted plate-metal body armour.

When Stefan Bathory, a Transylvanian-Hungarian prince, was elected King of Poland in 1576, he reorganised the Polish-Lithuanian Hussars of his Royal Guard along Hungarian lines, making them a heavy formation, equipped with a long lance as their main weapon.

Due to the same resemblance, the Polish heavy hussars came with their own style, the Polish winged hussars or Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth winged husaria.

The people of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth recognized the winged hussars as husarskie anioły (hussar angels).

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