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The Janissaries
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP ELI58
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Author: David Nicolle
Illustrator: Christa Hook

About this book
The Janissaries comprised an elite corps in the service of the Ottoman Empire. It was composed of war captives and Christian youths pressed into service; all of whom were converted to Islam and trained under the strictest discipline. In many ways, Jannisaries reflected Ottoman society, which was itself dominated by a military elite and where there was much greater social mobility than in Europe. On top of this, the Turks looked upon Europe much as the early Americans viewed the Western Frontier - as a land of adventure, mission and opportunity. David Nicolle examines the history, organisation, weapons and uniforms of these elite Turkish troops.

  • Introduction
  • Origins and Evolution of the Janissary Corps
  • Recruitment and Training
  • Ottoman Army Structure
  • Infantry Forces
  • Uniforms and Weaponry
  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Promotion, Pay and Morale
  • Support Services and Other Duties
  • Other Infantry Forces
  • The Plates
Paperback; May 1995; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781855324138

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