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Quite commonly during the Crimean Wal; two or three junior officers from Britain, Hungary, or Poland would usurp command over large Turkish forces, being obeyed enthusiastically when seen to be brave, forceful, and knowledgeable about tactics. Fortunately for the Turks, large numbers of foreign military officers offered their services to them. Hungarians, Italians, and Poles who had fled their homelands after bloody repression by the Austrians and the Russians joined officers from the French, and especially the British, armies in commanding Turkish units.
Although seventy years old, she carried a saber and two pistols. Aged from sixteen to well over sixty, the Bashi-Bazouks sported all sorts of weapons, including bamboo spears, and sometimes played kettledrums as they marched. A French officer who described them as "hideously dirty" wrote that "they had truly a vile air that inspired all in the army to a profound distaste. Everyone knew that T I X EA R M I E S : M E N R E A D YFOR W A R ? "i7 Like their Russian counterparts, the Cossacks, the Bashi-Bazouks were superb horsemen, but they would not fight against regular cavalry, nor would they attack anything more formidable than stragglers.
Most came from the depths of poverty and depravity. " Almost all English and Scottish recruits signed up because they were out of work, hungry, and cold. sand men of $he f 3th Light S r n g ~ ~ oSn@~~ ,~ / Z V U YofS the charge of the Light Brigade, (Photo courtesy ofthe Nat%onalArmy Musegm) and Irishmen made up fully one-third of the soldiers sent to the Crimea to serve in the "English" army. Some regiments were all or nearly all Irish, such as the Connaught Rangers, known as the "yellow" regiment because of the yellow facings on their jackets, not hecause of cowardice.
Death Or Glory: The Legacy Of The Crimean War by Robert Edgerton