Evo šta kaže Britanicca o bashibozuku, od kojih poticu siptari (koji su se poceli razmnozavati dolaskom Turaka na Balkan, posto su uzivali sultanovu zastitu, kao divlje pleme dovedeno iz anatolije, mesavina brdjana i divljaka.
Basibozuk, ukratko, su jedinice za maltretiranje, koje su igrale ulogu sličnu Hrvatima, Pandurima i Tolpatehima po pljacki, zlodelima i nedisciplini, kako piše Britannica iz 1911.
BASHI - BAZOUK, the name given to a species of irregular mounted troops employed by the Turks. They are armed and maintained by the government but do not receive pay. They do not wear uniform or distinctive badges. They fight either mounted or dismounted, chiefly the latter, but are incapable of undertaking serious work, because of their lack of discipline. Their uncertain temper has sometimes made it necessary for the Turkish regular troops to disarm them by force, but they are often useful in the work of reconnaissance and in outpost duty. They are accused, and generally with justice, of robbery and maltreatment of the civil population, resembling in those things, as in their fighting methods and value, the Croats, Pandours and Tolpatches of 18th-century European armies. The term is also used of a mounted force, existing in peace time in various provinces of the Turkish empire.
Evo još o bratskom hrvatsko-siptarskom divljastvu, izvor takođe Britanicca
bashi-bazouk („corrupted head,” or „leaderless”), mercenary soldier belonging to the skirmishing or irregular troops of the Ottoman Empire, notorious for their indiscipline, plundering, and brutality.