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I am a huge WW1 collector and "fan" and am still completely befuddled at your comment Strelets about the Ottoman cavalry and saying that this is not part of your plans.... I appeal to all other collectors here to gather some momentum and support for what really very obviously was an important unit in WW1... The Ottoman cavalry was very numerous and composed of both Anatolian and Arab uniformed units, let alone partisan type units fighting for the Ottomans. So how such a wonderful set can just be ignored is beyond me... Any thoughts on this or am I just the only nutter clamouring for them???
My friend you are taking the wrong approach. Strelets clearly has the WWI Russian front in mind in producing its cavalry sets. You should argue that Turkish cavalry is necessary in order to do the campaigns between the Turks and Russians in the Caucuses/Armenia.
Hey I'm with you dude, Ottoman Cavalry would make big sense especially as the Ozzie Light Horse need opponents. (iF ONLY THEY WERE IN THE cRIMEA EH ? Show the lah di da poms how to do it. chuckle)_
Bill what are strelets playing at , they seem to be loathesome to produce any turk/ottoman ww1 or crimea
Hi Hank and Philippe,
Ottoman cavalry for both wars would be great. WW1 to fight Allenbys forces - especially the upcomming Austrialian light horse.
And Crimean war Turkish cavalry to give the Russians a beating at the Danube!
Strelets plans also british cavalry, so it's productions would not be eastern front exclusively. However, I am sure Strelets will reconsider producing ottoman cavalry, if their 6 sets now for sale will do well.
Actually, I was thinking mostly about the Ottoman cavalry's engagement in Palestine, Mesopotamia, the desert etc. The Caucasus being largely mountainous, I wonder how much cavalry would have been used... but your argument prompted me to read up on this.
As an half Kurdish-half Turkish I want both turkish cavaalry and irregular kurdish cavalary. I think beyond the reason that strelets doesnt do any turkish-ottoman sets is they dont think that they wont sell enough.
I think that everything could be sold among such freaks as us. And with a production of about 5-6000
boxes it should be no problem to get them under the people.
But where should Strelets stop? First the eastern front, now the first set for the western front.
Later Turks, Egyptians, Italians, early Austrians etc. This would be a never ending story with cavalry of WW1.
And don't forget (I know Hank, you aggree) the missing sets for the Crimea.
The Ottoman cavalry sets did not sell... The Ottoman army was after all one of the major participants in WW1 and thanks to HaT we have at least a brilliant start with the infantry and the artillery.
At any rate, it's good to see that I am not alone on that one!
Sorry for the spelling, but teschekü-edirim.
thanks Philippe. its"teşekkür ederim".
More Ottomans are neeeded.
At least strelets can say why they dont do any ottoman-turkish sets.
wasn't on the 30th August your national holiday?
I watched TRT this evening and there was a documentation with scenes from a military movie. I guess, you have a lot of good movies about Turkish history in your country?
we WILL make Ottoman sets, you can be sure of that.
Ottoman cavalry was poor in quality and rarely used. Good cavalry is expensive and labor intensive to maintain in a good condition and the Ottomans at that time did not have the discipline for a good cavalry force.
I think we have to be very careful about what has been written and what is more and more coming out. Thanks to great translation works, recent books have discovered that the Turkish army was far from being as disorganised as people were generally saying. I read part of the "4 years in Turkey" by Liman van Sanders, which for a long time was the only true reference to the Ottoman army. Liman was at odds with most officers for the simple reason that they would not comply to all his orders... that gave a distorded image to the world about the state of the Ottoman army. The Ottoman cavalry in particular had much better horses than their European enemies for the simple reason that they used shorter, sturdier animals, which could resist the harsh desert and mountain environments. As far as quality is concerned, this cavalry cannot be compared to any of the Western powers, but it certainly was the best in the region, in which I include Greece, Bulgaria etc.