Ottoman Uniforms
Ottoman Uniforms

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF OTTOMAN UNIFORMS & INSIGNIA: 1600 till 1923

Ottoman-Uniforms.com went online

Monday, 4 February 2013! 

 

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Introduction

I am Chris Flaherty, and welcome to Ottoman Uniforms. This is a website intended to give an insight into the uniforms and insignia of the Ottoman Turkish Imperial Army and Navy, covering:

Intended for English speaking researchers, interested in: Military history; Collecting; Wargaming; Modelling; Fashion history; Art history; Filmmakers; and, Family histories.

  • This is a non-political historical exploration of the various uniforms and insignia that developed over the various periods.
  • This study identifies over 1,000 costumes and uniforms and insignia, with a major focus on the Ottoman Turkish army, and navy from 1800 till 1918, and earlier from the 1600s.
  • Examples are taken from surviving uniforms, period illustrations, written descriptions, and photographs.

Many of the terms, phrases and spellings of ranks are also used, to preserve what may have been original pronunciations.

  • For instance, between 1880 and 1916 commonly the Ottoman rank of major, is written in German, and British references as ‘Bimbashi’. Whereas in modern Turkish it is correctly spelled as Binbashi (from the Turkish – a chief of a thousand).
  • In this particular case, it is known that ‘Bimbashi’ is actually soldier Arabic, a pidgin of Arabic which developed among the Anglo-Egyptian military (used typically between 1870  and 1920).

Ottoman Military Related Uniforms & Insignia History Studies

This website includes some smaller studies which have been undertaken, on Ottoman military related uniforms and insignia:

OTTOMAN UNIFORMS WW1 CENTENARY

SPECIAL PAGE UNIFORMS STUDIES

BOOKS & ARTICLES ON OTTOMAN UNIFORMS

A range or recently completed books on Ottoman Army and Navy uniforms history can be ordered on this page:

A collection of articles on Ottoman uniforms can be found on this page:

MILITARIA FOR SALE

LINKS & USEFUL SOURCES

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