Ottoman Uniforms
Ottoman Uniforms

1826 TILL 1832 OTTOMAN ARTILLERY AND ENGINEERS

Ottoman Artillery Corps (1826)

After 1826, the artillerymen were commanded by a TOPCHEE-BASHEE [1].

After 1826, the artillerymen wore light blue jackets and dark blue trousers [2].

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[1] [2] Marcel Roubicek. 1978 Modern Ottoman Troops, 1797-1915: In Contemporary Pictures. Franciscan Printing Press.

Ottoman Mortar Corps (1827)

Right - An 1827 dated illustration shows a figure idenfified as a "Churnbardschi", or Bombardiere (Vinkhuizjen Collection).

  • Pictured from the back, this figure still wears the traditional tall black stove-pipe shakos, used by the Humbaraci (Bombardiers) Corps.
  • The Humbaraci Corps manufactured, transported, and fired all mortars, mines, grenades, and bombs, in attacks on fortifications from either land or sea.
  • The downward-pointed back of the yellow collars was a distinctive feature of the short brown jackets (with black tape edging) worn in 1827 for this particular corps.

Ottoman Artillery (1828)

In 1828, there were some 8,000 artillery gunners distributed among eight mounted and eighty-four foot batteries (including the regimental artillery) [1]. A regiment of bombardiers, and another of miners both comprising the remaining 2,500.

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[1] Marcel Roubicek. 1978 Modern Ottoman Troops, 1797-1915: In Contemporary Pictures. Franciscan Printing Press.

Ottoman Field Artillery (1832)

An post-1832 field artillery gunner shows a dark blue jacket with yellow piping (Vinkhuizjen Collection). By 1832, the artillery carried muskets and had a French-type of sword bayonet [1].

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[1] Knotel, R. Knoetl, H. Sieg, H. 1980 Uniforms of the World - A Compendium of Army, Navy and Air Force Uniforms 1700 - 1937. Arms Armour Press, London.

Ottoman Cannon Types

In 1828, the field artillery used Ottoman cannon, that corresponded to 3-, 6-, 8-, and 12-pounders. The siege cannon were Ottoman types of cannon, that corresponded to 12- and 24- pounders [1]. The heavy guns were drawn by buffaloes.

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[1] Marcel Roubicek. 1978 Modern Ottoman Troops, 1797-1915: In Contemporary Pictures. Franciscan Printing Press.

Ottoman Carriage Livery

The Ottoman artillery carriage livery was traditionally painted turquoise green.

Engineers (1832)

By 1832, the artillery and engineer corps are dressed in red, with a leather waist belt, the rest of the uniform being as in the infantry [1].

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[1] Knotel, R. Knoetl, H. Sieg, H. 1980 Uniforms of the World - A Compendium of Army, Navy and Air Force Uniforms 1700 - 1937. Arms Armour Press, London.

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