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Turkish Troop Lists
average unit sizes and abilities

This list of formation types is designed to help beginning Republique players to relate real life Napoleonic formations with those used for game play. The list indicates only very basic averages, and players should remember that real life units varied enormously in both quality and size. In some armies, "green" troops were fully trained and could perform very impressively. In other cases, regular troops who had been allowed to become demoralized put in very poor performances. Unit descriptions include type, average size (number of bases) and average troop grade. The infantry lists also include skirmisher availability and quality. The cavalry lists include a classification of cavalry types. At the beginning of each section is a short description of each army, along with an average ratio of artillery batteries to infantry/cavalry bases. These recommended artillery ratios are purely for reference to help players develop a fair sense of usage.

The Skirmish column describes the number and type of skirmish markers which a unit type is allowed to deploy. A lower case description beginning with "one" indicates that the entire unit may deploy only one skirmish marker at any one time. An upper case description beginning with "All" indicates that unit type may deploy one skirmish marker per active combat base present. For example; a French light regiment with three active combat bases may deploy three skirmish markers, but an 1813 French line regiment with three combat bases may only deploy one skirmish marker.

The Turkish Army of this era was riddled with conflicting factions, some of whom supported the reforms of Selim III and some of whom were religious fanatics set against both Selim and his attempted improvements. The quality of the "reformers" such as the Nizam-I-Jedid tended to be better than that of the old style troops such as the Janissaries.

We have simulated the disorderly formations with which most of the Ottoman Army operated by artificially "stunting" some unit sizes and grades. Ottoman Turkish formations should not receive the assault bonus for being in line formation and cannot form square or echelon. Much of their artillery (over 60%) was composed of antique cannon, although the gunners themselves were of average or better quality. Turkish command category is Cumbersome. The French system of formation change is usable throughout, due either to French training, or the lack of any system to begin with.

Infantry regiments Size Grade Available skirmishers Power base
Solaks (Sultan's Guards) 2 bases Veteran - Turkey
Janissaries 3 bases Green one poor All
Nizam-I-Jedid 5 bases Average one poor Turkey
Sekhans 3 bases Green - Balkans
Derbents (Martolos) 1 bases Average All Adequate Greece
Fellahin 3 bases Militia - Egypt
Cavalry brigades Size Grade Type Power base
Guard 3 bases Veteran Heavy Turkey
Suvarileri 4 bases Average Medium Turkey
Sipahis 2 bases Green Light or Medium Balkans
Mamluks 5 bases Average Medium Egypt
Djellis 1 base Veteran Light Balkans
Yoruk 3 bases Green Light Balkans
Arabs 1 base Militia Light Egypt
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