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Hussars In History

The word "Hussar" is said to come from either the 15th century Hungarian word "Huzsar", meaning one in twenty (from the habit of conscripting one man in twenty from every village), or from the words "Husz - ar", meaning "twenty - price" - demonstrating that the Hungarian Light Cavalry were said to be worth the price of 20 normal soldiers. 
 
Hussars were considered elite light cavalry and were used for irregular duties and raids where speed was more important than defence. Their attire was distinctive - a busby (tall fur hat), cape, fur-lined pelisse (cloak), tight trousers, and boots. 
They were an effective fighting force and after the failed revolt against the Habsburg Empire between 1676-1681, many Hungarian troops enlisted with other national forces around Europe, who soon started adopting the idea to create their own Hussar forces. These were often known as "Light Dragoons"(Dragoon meaning"Mounted soldiers" from the French short-barrelled "dragon" muskets). 

 British Dragoon regiments were first formed in 1715. 
In 1806 their equipment and uniforms were changed to that of existing Hussar units already in use by other nations. 
 
During the first world war the nature of the battlefields they found themselves on meant they mostly fought dismounted and in later years became "Mechanised", with their horses being replaced by first armoured cars and subsequently light tanks. 
 
Throughout most of the twentieth century the concept of Hussars retaining their role as fast, lightly armoured troops engaged in raiding and reconnaissance remained more or less intact, although in the last few decades modern Hussar regiments are as likely to be equipped with main battle tanks as they are any lighter vehicles.