November Uprising

Fischer 246-249 | Michel 265-268 | Scott 263-266 | Year of issue 1930 | Pre-war Poland

100th anniversary of the November Uprising of 1830.

Stylised infantry


Grochów (a Warsaw suburb) and Iganie are two places where bloody battles were fought with the Russian army during the November Uprising (29 November 1830). In the Battle of Olszynka Grochowska, the Poles defeated a larger Russian force but sustained heavy casualties. Other battles were fought at Ostrołęka and Stoczek.
The soldiers depicted on the stamps are Hussars, light Polish cavalry wearing wings. There are several theories to explain the meaning of the wings: 1) Most probably the wings were worn only during parades and not during combat, 2) to foil attacks by Tatar lassos, and 3) the sound of vibrating feathers frightened enemy horses during the charge. All theories are disputed.

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Battle of Olszynka Grochowska