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1826 OTTOMAN ARMY UNIFORMS

Right - A French period drawing (Vinkhuizjen Collection), shows an illustration of the likely uniform for the "General Major".

  • Likely, the 1826-28' rank of 'BASH-BIMBASHEE'.
  • This officer, was the senior commander of the 'first' eight regiments (one battalion each - commanded by a Major), formed in 1826 with the establishment of the modern army to replace the Janissaries.
  • After 1828, the expansion of the new army saw the creation of MIRALAY Colonels, and generals who replaced the 'BASH-BIMBASHEE'.
  • The figure, is of particular interest in the use of a pair of massive European styled –epaulettes, which appears to be the first use of these in modern army uniforms.
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