The bashi-bazouks were irregular mercenary troops that were drawn from all over the Ottoman Empire. They were feared for their ferocity; originally they came from one of the tribal groups in Afghanistan. The bashi-bazouks were not paid so they lived on the procedes of their legitimised plunder. They wore no uniforms and usually were mounted. They featured in the Bulgarian Massacres of 1876.


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