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WW1 OTTOMAN ARTILLERY

Turkish Artillery Button

Right -  A Turkish made 1876 artillery button, used well into WW1. This was a direct copy of the French artillery button used in the same period.

Howitzer Batteries

The British General Staff’s Handbook of the Turkish Army identifies various Artillery collar insignia as – Howitzer batteries the word “Obus”.

Right - The Ottoman word for Howitzer actually appears in Redhouses’ Turkish-English Dictionary of 1884 [1].

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[1] Redhouse, James W. (James William), Sir, 1811-1892. A lexicon, English and Turkish, showing in Turkish, the literal, incidental, figurative, colloquial and technical significations of the English terms, indicating their pronunciation in a new and systematic manner and preceded by a Sketch of English etymology, to facilitate to Turkish students the acquisition of the English language (1884). Constantinople, Printed for the Mission by A. H. Boyajian.

Fortress Artillery 

Mountain Artillery Battalion

The British General Staff’s Handbook of the Turkish Army identifies various Artillery collar insignia as – mountain artillery the letter ‘J’.These letters would have been in Ottoman Turkish script, and the Handbook of the Turkish Army identifies a list of Ottoman communication alphabetic script-letters that show the 'J'.

Horse (Field) Artillery

The British General Staff’s Handbook of the Turkish Army identifies various Artillery collar insignia as – horse artillery having a letter ‘S’ under the battalion numeral.These letters would have been in Ottoman script, and the Handbook of the Turkish Army identifies a list of Ottoman communication alphabetic script-letters that show the 'S',

Artillery Regiments

1909 ‘Topcu Cephene Bascavus’ Rank

The 1909 ‘Topcu Cephene Bascavus’ Rank: A four-bar rank, was a continuation of the 1876 Artilleryman's rank, above the infantry Sergeant-Major, which at this time was indicated by four red ‘French-styled’ sleeve chevrons, there appeared to be higher ‘technical’ grades, such as the Artillery Armourer Sergeant-Major (a ‘Topcu Cephene Bascavus’), with two red and two gold chevrons displayed on the tunic sleeve [1].

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[1] Askeri Müze ve Kültür Sitesti Komutanligi. (1986) Osmanli askeri teskilat ve kiyafetleri: 1876-1908 [Ottoman military organization and uniforms] Yayinlari: 62.

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