Definitions for uhlanˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
uh•lanˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən(n.)
(formerly, in the Polish army) a lancer in a light-cavalry unit.
one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in W European armies, esp. in Germany.
Category: Western History, Military
Origin of uhlan:
1745–55; < G < Pol ulan蠐 Turkish oğlan boy, lad
A lancer, a soldier armed with a lance in a former light cavalry unit of the Polish, Prussian, Austrian, and Russian armies.
one of a certain description of militia among the Tartars
one of a kind of light cavalry of Tartaric origin, first introduced into European armies in Poland. They are armed with lances, pistols, and sabers, and are employed chiefly as skirmishers
Uhlans were Polish light cavalry armed with lances, sabres and pistols. The title was later used by lancer regiments in the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian armies. Uhlans typically wore a double-breasted jacket with a coloured panel at the front, a coloured sash, and a square-topped Polish lancer cap also spelt 'chapka,' chapska and schapska. This cap or cavalry helmet was derived from a traditional design of Polish cap, made more formal and stylised for military use. Their lances usually had small, swallow-tailed flags just below the spearhead.
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