|Since then, the Cossacks
have been regarded as brave and noble warriors. Many
countries have wished to have Cossacks as their allies,
thus Cossack regiments have served in many parts of
Europe & Asia.
During the Thirty Years War,the French cavalry was commanded by Grigir Orlik,the son of Pylyp Orlik, author of the First Constitution of the Ukraine. He was bestowed the title of Marshal by the King of France. In later years, the Mounted Cossacks participated at the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon, under the command of the Duke of Wellington.
|Ukrainian Cossacks have
always been instantly recognisable by their distinctive
dress: wide comfortable trousers, tied at the waist by
long, wide belts call `kuntush`, which not only protect
the torso but also indicate rank. Cossacks usually
wear white embroidered shirts but in battle were often
naked above the belt. The traditional hair style of a
Cossack warrior is a shaved head with a pony tail which
dates back to the times of the ancient Kiev-Rus
The Ukraine re-gained its independence in 1992. It has grown substantially and nowadays branches of Ukrainian Cossacks stretch throughout the Ukraine and can be found in many other countries throughout the world. In 1990, a mounted display team called the `Ukrainian Cossacks` was formed to revive the traditions of horse drill and mounted exercises by young Cossacks.
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