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Turanic archer

Turanic archer

Ottoman Empire armor belonging to Sultan Mustafa III consisting of migfer (helmet), zirah (mail shirt), mail trousers, kolluk/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), shamshir (sabre), decorated with gold and encrusted with jewels, 18th century, exhibited in the Imperial Treasury of Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Ottoman Empire armor belonging to Sultan Mustafa III consisting of migfer (helmet), zirah (mail shirt), mail trousers, kolluk/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), shamshir (sabre), decorated with gold and encrusted with jewels, 18th century, exhibited in the Imperial Treasury of Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Rus / eastern vikings

Rus / eastern vikings

Turkish Warrior

Turkish Warrior

José Daniel Cabrera Peña - Sipahi otomano y mercenario aragonés

José Daniel Cabrera Peña - Sipahi otomano y mercenario aragonés

Christos Giannopoulos - Jenízaro turco otomano

Christos Giannopoulos - Jenízaro turco otomano

From the middle of the fifteenth century, imperial armies were dominated by Janissary infantry divisions composed of conscripted youths from conquered lands. Their control of artillery and firearms gave them great power; by the middle of the sixteenth century, they intervened in dynastic succession disputes.

From the middle of the fifteenth century, imperial armies were dominated by Janissary infantry divisions composed of conscripted youths from conquered lands. Their control of artillery and firearms gave them great power; by the middle of the sixteenth century, they intervened in dynastic succession disputes.

The janissaries are the Ottoman Empire's soldiers, they are very disciplined! Making the Ottoman army very powerful, they are trained specifically for battles!

The janissaries are the Ottoman Empire's soldiers, they are very disciplined! Making the Ottoman army very powerful, they are trained specifically for battles!

Osprey illustration - Ottoman Janissary, early 16th Century. These slave-soldiers were the Turkish Infantry equivalent of the Egyptian Mamluks.

Osprey illustration - Ottoman Janissary, early 16th Century. These slave-soldiers were the Turkish Infantry equivalent of the Egyptian Mamluks.

'Sipahi'  (cavalry soldier), Ottoman.  Circa 16th century.

'Sipahi' (cavalry soldier), Ottoman. Circa 16th century.