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An extract from Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2
by Ian Heath


This figure does not come from a contemporary ms., being based on a 16th century picture of the Battle of Mohacs (1526), but it seems highly probable that 15th century Ottoman artillerymen were little different. He wears a blue coat with a red sash and red trousers and shoes, plus an unusual type of black hat with the brim turned up and split at each side. The latter also occurs in a 14th century Byzantine ms. and is likely to have been of Balkan or South-East European origin like many of the Empire’s artillerists, who were of diverse origins including Germans, Hungarians, Bosnians, Dalmatians and Italians (see page 14). The absence of a turban confirms his non-Turkish background.
[Based on Suleiman the Magnificent and the Battle of Mohacs, 1526; in the Hünernâme of 1588 by Lokman]

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