Yaya (military)

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Yaya or Piyade were infantry military units of the Ottoman Empire and some other medieval Anatolian emirates.wikipedia
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Military of the Ottoman Empire

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Yaya or Piyade were infantry military units of the Ottoman Empire and some other medieval Anatolian emirates.
The infantry were called yayas and the cavalry was known as müsellems.

Yaya

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Yaya means "pedestrian" in Turkish.

Christians

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Many of them were of Christian origin. Members of this units were both Christian and Muslim citizens of the Ottoman Empire who were sometimes granted land estates in the Balkans in exchange for military service.

Turkish language

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Yaya means "pedestrian" in Turkish.

Irregular military

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The early Ottoman military forces consisted of irregular nomadic cavalry and volunteer light infantry.

Light infantry

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The early Ottoman military forces consisted of irregular nomadic cavalry and volunteer light infantry.

Alaeddin Pasha

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This was the reason for Alaeddin Pasha including the establishment of this unit in his proposal for reorganization the military of the Ottoman Empire made in the mid 1320s.

Orhan

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His brother, sultan Orhan, accepted his proposal and established yaya.

Janissaries

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Yaya were precursors of the Janissary corps of the Ottoman military, which would become one of the most influential and increasingly political forces in the Ottoman state until the 19th century.

Muslims

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Members of this units were both Christian and Muslim citizens of the Ottoman Empire who were sometimes granted land estates in the Balkans in exchange for military service.

Battle of Maritsa

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Among notable engagements of yaya military units are battles of Marica (1371) and Nicopolis (1396) where Ottoman infantry units, including yaya, were used to bait enemy heavy cavalry into an ambush between two flanks of more maneuverable light Ottoman cavalry.

Battle of Nicopolis

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Among notable engagements of yaya military units are battles of Marica (1371) and Nicopolis (1396) where Ottoman infantry units, including yaya, were used to bait enemy heavy cavalry into an ambush between two flanks of more maneuverable light Ottoman cavalry.

Infantry

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Ottoman army in the 15th–19th centuries

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The history of Yaya goes to the early Ottoman military forces consisted of irregular nomadic cavalry and volunteer light infantry.

Yahya bey Dukagjini

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Yahya was enlisted to become a janissary, he was put in the corps of "Acemi oglan" where officers for janissaries and spahis were trained and received the rank of yayabashi (infantry officer) and bölükbaşı (senior captain).

Mehmetçik

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Although it is used for especially infantryman (foot soldier), terms such like Piyade Mehmetçik (Infantryman Little Mehmet) and Süvari Mehmetçik (Cavalryman Little Mehmet), Topçu Mehmetçik (Artilleryman Little Mehmet) have occasionally been seen.