Persian Army

At the time of the Anglo-Persian war of 1856-57, the Persian Army had trained and organised itself along European lines. It comprised of regular army infantry and artillery as well as large numbers of tribal irregulars. Included in the above picture is an artillery officer (third left), a drummer and fusilier (third right) of the Shah's Guard (who wore scarlet jackets with blue facings and white trousers), and various irregulars. Note the mobile artillery, a small cannon mounted on the back of a camel.

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