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Tango0102 Dec 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

"The various elements of the Ottoman Army in the 17th century were many and complicated, and not all are well documented today, but the Tüfekçis (variously spelt in English) were one of the more important. Recognising the spread of firearms, particularly amongst their enemies in the West, in the late 16th century the Ottomans organised units named Tüfekçis, which were specialists in firearms, generally recruited from hunters and others with an existing familiarity with the weapons. Such men were often skilled marksmen, and during the 17th century were recognised as one of the most effective units in the Army. Generally organised into small units, they were used for skirmishing, sniping and other activities which made best use of their skills, although strangely the sources say these men were not regulars, but were raised each year as required…."

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

So that's what "tofu turkeys" are supposed to look like! :)

Dan

Tango0103 Dec 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

(smile)

Amicalement
Armand

evilgong03 Dec 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Tufengchi, or however you want to spell it means a user of a tofung (sp) a firearm, and the name was used widely in the middle east.

Experts will know if the root for the word is Turkic or Arabic or Farsi.

DB

Druzhina03 Dec 2017 3:16 p.m. PST
Tango0104 Dec 2017 9:32 a.m. PST

Thanks!.

Amicalement
Armand

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