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abdul666lw26 Oct 2013 5:02 a.m. PST

Intrigued by the idea of imaginary female troops in the horse & musket period link I'm searching for *historical* ones (in addition to Catherine II's short lived Greek Amazon Guard TMP link). I read that José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia link 'El Supremo' of Paraguay from 1813 to 1840, once raised a troop of 'Amazons'. But the mention provided to link or reference and an internet search was fruitless. Is somebody on this forum knowledgeable?

McLaddie26 Oct 2013 8:32 a.m. PST

In the late 1800s the Afghan Khanate had a cavalry regiment of women troopers to guard the Khanate's first wife. There are accounts that this unit fought in some of the battles against the Khan's enemies after the 1880-1881 Afghan war.

There is some suggestions that this had been a long-standing practice. All the women were slaves and dedicated to the protection of the Khanate.

While there were few actual female military units during the Napoleonic period, there certainly were a number of women that wore the uniform and fought as men in all armies and navies of the period.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2013 10:15 a.m. PST

Nothing about female Guards for Dr. José Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia.


abdul666lw27 Oct 2013 4:23 a.m. PST


Regarding the Afghan female Guard I wonder if it was somehow rooted in the Ancient tradition of the Indian subcontinent of [Queen's / harem] 'maiden guards'



(which inspired some Khmer rulers to have their own extra-heavy cavalry Maiden Guard riding horses in spectacular 'dragon' armor).
In India De Bussy link had a glamorous escort of Black Cafres in fanciful gaudy 'oriental' uniforms, armed with scimitars and blunderbusses.In a slightly alternate historical timeline -corresponding to those Imagi-Nations created by many 18th C. wargamers- he could have a bodyguard of Sepoyettes grin

abdul666lw27 Oct 2013 5:28 a.m. PST

Years ago the now defunct London Warroom had "Zuffur Plutun Hyderabadi Women Sepoys" on their list, but without image: then *someone, somewhere* must have bought and painted them, and maybe taken some photos?

McLaddie27 Oct 2013 8:14 p.m. PST

the Indian subcontinent of [Queen's / harem] 'maiden guards'

That could well be the case, though the descriptions I have read have the Afghan 'Maiden Guards' covered head to toe including vails [circa 1880-90, but I like the half-naked versions better. Certainly add a shock value Napoleon's Grenadiers would never be able to achieve…

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2013 4:38 a.m. PST

The only significant female unit I have run across is the so-called "Dahomey Amazons" in West Africa during the 19th Century.


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