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 Post subject: On Turkish Sipahis
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 5:25 am 
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Up to when would the Ottoman Sipahi cavalry (both Timariots and Qapukulu) wear armor during the XVII Century? Most of the engravings and paintings I've seen of the siege of Vienna show turkish cavalry completely unarmored, having only for defence their kalkan shields. Can anyone shed a light on the subject?


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 Post subject: Re: On Turkish Sipahis
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:45 am 
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As it was very individual case for each Timarot to buy their own armour, there's no simple answer to Your question. Chainmail could be used well into end of 17th century, as Polish experiance with 'pancerni' cavalry shows. Polish troops did capture during relief of Viena some sets of horse armour, so it's easy to assume that horses' owners - most likely Silahdars - would have armour as well.

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 Post subject: Re: On Turkish Sipahis
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 1:11 am 
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Kadrinazi, were there a lot of captured horse armour after the relief of Viena? Also, is there any polish source mentioning turkish sipahis in armour during the Great Turkish War?


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