Ottoman Uniforms
Ottoman Uniforms

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF OTTOMAN UNIFORMS & INSIGNIA: 1826 TILL 1923

Welcome to Ottoman Uniforms. This is a historical interest website looking at Ottoman military uniforms and insignia, from sellected periods, between 1826 till 1923.

Intended for English speaking researchers, interested in military history; collecting; wargaming; modelling; military 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 army, and navy from the early 1800s.
  • 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).

Chris Flaherty

OTTOMAN MILITARY RELATED UNIFORMS & INSIGNIA HISTORY STUDIES

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THE GREAT TURKISH BOMBARD DARDANELLES GUNS 

NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE

Turkish Crimean War Uniforms

 

Turkish Army and Navy; Egyptian, Tunisian, Anglo-Turkish Contingents; Ottoman Police and Romanian Army

 

Chris Flaherty

2021

 

THE SHEPHERD PROTECTS THEIR FLOCK

 

First Armies, and First Tactics at the Crossing of the Military Threshold

 

Chris Flaherty

2021

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