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Szlankamen 1691

Brian Burke                        Arquebusier                            Vol. XXXIX/VI

The latest edition of Arquebusier (Journal of the Pike and Shot Society) has an excellent account of the Battle of Szlankamen. Ludgig of Baden's Imperialist victory over the Ottomans north of Belgrade in 1691. This edition also has a review of Turkish arms and armour held in the Turkenbeute at the Badischen Landesmuseums in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The Order of Battle of the Fleets at Lepanto 1571

Brian Mowbray                      Arquebusier                 Vol. 25/4

A two part series setting out an order of battle for the opposing fleets at Lepanto.

The Sword of the Sultan: Ottoman Arms Imports 1854-1914

Jonathan Grant                      Journal of Military History          January 2002

This article looks at the decline in Ottoman arms production from self sufficiency at the beginning of the nineteenth century to its almost total dependency on imports by the outbreak of WW1. The author concludes that this was largely due to a positive choice on financial grounds rather than a ploy by arms manufacturers or foreign governments.

Battle of Haidari 1826

Spiros Koumoussis            Foreign Correspondent         49 Jan 2001

A narrative of this battle which took place north of Athens during the Greek War of Independance in August 1826. Useful maps and two line drawings of Greek and Turkish troop types. The author also produces a range of 15mm wargame figures for this conflict.

The Forgotten Empire

Jeff Taylor                         Miniature Wargames        207 August 2000

Brief overview of the Ottoman army during the Napoleonic wars with ten reasons for wargamers to consider it as an alternative to the conventional Napoleonic armies.

Hearts of Iron - Lissa 1866

Mike Bennighof                       Osprey Journal                   Preview Issue

The naval battle of Lissa between Austro-Hungarian and Italian fleets is covered in the preview issue of a new magazine from Osprey. This was the first clash of ironclad fleets (albeit only part clad) and took place near the strategically important island of Lissa (modern Vis) off the Dalmatian coast. The article covers the technological changes in naval warfare, the role of the Adriatic fleets and the battle itself. As you would expect from Osprey the article is well illustrated with several period paintings of the battle from the Army History Museum, Venice.

The Uskoks

Dave Watson                           Miniature Wargames            September 1999

An article (by this website's editor) on the Uskoks of Senj who raided the Dalmatian coast in the 16th century. The article describes Uskok organisation and tactics and narrates two typical Uskok engagements. It includes an army list for the DBR rules and a further reading list. The army list and sources can be viewed in the features section of this website at Uskoks.

The Greek War of Independence

Spiros Koumoussis                    Miniature Wargames            September 1999

The first part of a multi-part presentation of the Greek War of Independence. A welcome introduction to a war which has had only moderate coverage in English. The text betrays a somewhat Greek bias in its historical background. The first part covers the organisation and tactics of the Greek troops and a narrative of the war from March 1821 to July 1822. The real strength of this article is the two pages of colour plates with four Greek troop types and seven battle flags.

Hungary's Ill Fated War of Independence

Janos Szabo               Military History           August 1999

An overview of the 1848/9 war of independence from Austria which was only finally put down with Russian help. The article includes a short biography of the Hungarian General Artur Gorgei and several excellent plates from the National History Museum in Budapest.

1683: Christendom in Peril

Piotr Stolarski           Miniature Wargames          192   May 1999

A brief overview of the siege of Vienna campaign with wargame scenarios. The main interest is in the detailed order of battle for both the Ottoman and allied forces. The main source is a Polish board-wargame 'Vienna 1683' by Dragon Games although there is no indication as what sources the designers relied on.

Ottoman Cavalry Units

William Johnson            Dragoman      Vol. 3/2      Winter 1999

This issue takes an in depth look at Ottoman cavalry units of the Napoleonic era. This issue looks at units which were at least nominally under the control of the state including the Suvarileri and Sipahis. The next issue will look at provincial forces. Ottoman cavalry tactics are also considered followed by a discussion over just how many cavalry Ottoman armies of the period fielded. The author makes a convincing case against David Nicolle's assertion in his recent Osprey book that the force only consisted of a few thousand.

Ottoman Mortar Corps

William Johnson              Dragoman     Vol. 2/4    Summer 1998

The final installment of William Johnson's survey of the Ottoman artillery forces during the Napoleonic period. The article covers both the imperial and provincial forces with organisational details and plates.The key role of fortress artillery in both Istanbul and on the Danube are also covered.

Bosnia: The Lion that Guards Stambol

William Johnson              Dragoman     Vol. 2/3   Winter/Spring 1988

A good overview of the history of Bosnia as a frontline province of the Ottoman Empire. Also in this edition is an overview by Brian Vizak of the European campaigns of the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century.

Whatever Happened to the Janissaries? Mobilisation for the 1768-1774 Russo-Ottoman War.

Virginia H. Aksan.        War in History    Vol. 5/1 1998

This article concentrates on the levying of troops of the levend which provided the bulk of the troops for this war, in contrast to the declining effectiveness of the Janissaries. It highlights the quite astonishing attrition among units recruited from the levend and the usual mid-eighteenth century military corruption through inflated establishments. The organisation, payments and rations of the levend are outlined along with the gradual centralisation of Ottoman army organisation during this period. Organisation has to be interpreted loosely as they prepared rations for an army of 120,000; yet 600,000 troops turned up! Aksan argues that this was a transitional period before the more 'modern' army of the Napoleonic period.

Small Arms of the Russo-Turkish War

Duncan Noble. Foreign Correspondent No.36 December 1997

Useful brief summary covering machine-guns, rifles and revolvers used by all the combatants in the Russo-Wurkish War 1877-78. A helpful bibliography points the way for the reader who requires further details.

The Vision of Soldiers: Britain, France , Germany and the US observe the Russo-Turkish War

Maureen O'Connor. War in History Vol 4, No. 3

The Russo-Turkish War 1877-78 was observed by military attaches and correspondents from a wide range of nations. This paper considers the ways four countries observed the war and the lessons they drew from their experiences. As the last major European conflict before WW1 the war identified the benefits of entrenchments and long range fire. However, the unusual nature of the armies meant that most of the observers gained only a partial insight into the importance of these changes and the full implications went unheeded.

The Pasha's Big Guns

William Johnson.   Dragoman Vol. 1 No. 4

A description of Ottoman artillery during the Napoleonic period including horse, camel and rocket artillery. Of particular interest is the  section on provincial artillery in various parts of the Balkans including weapons supplied by Britain, France and Russia.


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