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Historydude1824 Oct 2019 6:55 a.m. PST

Does anyone know what uniforms Ottoman soldiers would have worn during the Greek war in the 1820s? I've looked for pics on the Internet and none has come up of what they would have looked like. I know what the Greeks would have worn but none on the Turks. I want to game the Greek War from the Ottoman side which is why I need to know what they have looked like. I know what the Ottomans wore during WW1 and at Vienna in 1683 but it's a black hole when it comes to the GWOI. Are there any photos of Ottoman and Greek troops during the war?

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2019 8:29 a.m. PST

Hi Historydude,

Steve Barber does a Greek War of Independence range.


argsilverson24 Oct 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

In general there was no uniform used by ottomans during the GWI.
The janissaries were disbanded and sultan created the new army Nizam I Cedid, but it was not used in the campaigns.

However the Egyptians during their intervention had a regular army trained by the French.

Eleve de Vauban Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2019 10:04 a.m. PST

I have googled "Bashi Bazouks". There are lots of pictures. They are all very similarly dressed, lots of whites and blues and reds, but I could not describe it as a uniform. There are pictures and photos from the Crimean War, the Ottoman forces of the 1820's would not have been very different.

Henry Martini24 Oct 2019 2:34 p.m. PST

Surely Ottoman troops wouldn't have looked any different to those of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, of which there's a few ranges of figures about; e.g Old Glory's centuries-spanning Ottoman range, and the various Egyptian Campaign ranges from a number of companies. Just google images of painted figures from those ranges.

evilgong24 Oct 2019 4:48 p.m. PST

I'd start here


David F brown

RudyNelson24 Oct 2019 6:59 p.m. PST

We did a special issue in Time Portal Passages on the Greek Revolution. It was one issue among several on Greek military history. The articles were based mainly on Greek, Balkan and Ottoman sources.

One of the sections in the issue covered uniforms. As noted the Egyptians deployed regular uniformed troops to Greece. Greeks wore civilian dress colors based on region an or city. As such they were able to identify if an approaching formation of Greeks were pro-Turk, or followed another warlord which may not be friend of theirs.

RudyNelson24 Oct 2019 7:02 p.m. PST

The Ottomans also wore regional dress which certain regions being mainly loyal to a specific General. Of course the Albanians also had a distinctive dress.

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