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The MILITARY COSTUME OF TURKEY.
PUBLISHED BY THOMAS McLEAN JANUARY 1, 1813
From drawings by Octavien Dalvimart (d'Alvimart), engraved by F.H. Clark
Arnaut Soldier from the NYPL
The name of Arnauts is given to those troops, which are raised in Macedonia, the Morea, and the provinces bordering upon Sclavonia, and are commanded by officers from their respective provinces.
These troops are hardy and vigorous, being inured from their infancy to laborious pursuits; they feel a pride in tracing their descent from the Spartans, and endeavour to imitate the martial fierceness and manners of their forefathers; they endure, without murmuring, the most fatiguing marches; but in other respects are undisdiplined: they are also slovenly and much addicted to gaming and plundering: they possess but little command of their passions, as private disputes frequently terminate in the assassination of one of the parties. These troops are, however, excellent marksmen, as well as very active in the field; they are usually formed into corps of infantry, a thousand strong, under command of an officer, styled Bin Bachi, although there are some who are mounted, and several corps were so employed during the campaign in Egypt.
The arms of an Arnaut soldier consist of a pair of pistols stuck in a sash, a long handjar knife, or dagger, and a musket with a long barrel.
The figure represents one of the Arnaut infantry on a march.
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