Moroccans - what do they wear under the turban? See this!

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Moroccans - what do they wear under the turban? See this!

Post  mconrad on Sun 30 May 2010, 11:44 am

These appear to be Moroccans during the Spanish Civil War, on the Nationalist (Franco) side, of course. The so-called "Morros." From an on-line auction site.

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Re: Moroccans - what do they wear under the turban? See this!

Post  buistR on Sun 30 May 2010, 2:37 pm

Yes, the figures with (i) a turban; and (ii) a shaven head with top knot, are Moroccan Tropas Regulares who played a prominant role in the Spanish Civil War as part of the Nationalist forces. Spanish personnel in the Regulares wore fezs rather than turbans and two of them appear in the photographs shown. The Moorish regulares continued in Spanish service until 1956 when Morocco gained its independence and most transfered to the new Royal Moroccan Armed Forces. A reduced corps of Regulares still exists as part of the garrison of the two small Spanish enclaves retained on the Moroccan coast. They are all Spanish citizens now but still wear some of the parade items of the old Moorish colonial troops - notably fezs, coloured sashes and flowing cloaks. Just a bit of useless information Smile .

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More about Tropas Regulares Indígenas

Post  BENGALANCER on Thu 30 May 2013, 12:21 am

The Tropas Regulares Indígenas were founded in 1912, taking as a base the Policía Indígena de Ceuta, a police unit from that city, and members of the tribes _"cabila,-s" of the Spanish Protectorate settled by de Algeciras Teatry of 1906. The original uniform was yellow-sand, with elements of the indigenous wardrobe: tarbuch, fez as headgear, i.e. Afterwards, the sultanate´smorrocan troops were included into de spanish army organization as "Mehalla Jalifiana".
The regiments were called "Tabor"-plural Tabores- as they are still known. After the independence, Spain keep the units, but their members were spanish citizens from Ceuta and Melilla, as well as spaniards from the Peninsula, either volunteers or conscripts. The main manpower is bereber population from the Rif, and is the only place were their language is spoken by soldiers and officiers, due to the prohibition of using it in the Kingdom of Morocco.
Nowadays, the uniform is again yellow-sand _unofficially called "garbanzo", chick pea- and on parade, the old fashioned elements recovered, as well as the musicl instruments and slow march.

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Pictures of Regulares

Post  BENGALANCER on Thu 30 May 2013, 12:30 am

You can see the irregular wardrobe the Regulars wear.
In photo 1, the mixture of dress regulations including the leather webb, and in photo 2 the Hotchkiss 8 mm machinegun, common in both sides during the Civil War.
Both were taken in Navalcarnero, in the southwest of Madrid province, a village which contol the roads from Extremadura and Toledo, probably resting, because the Regulares were heavly engaged in Madrid siege, mainly in the Casa de Campo and Ciudad Universitaria areas since 1937 up to 1939.

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