Pike and Shot Tactics 1590–1660

Pike and Shot Tactics 1590–1660

Elite 179
  • Author: Keith Roberts
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: ELI 179
  • Publication Date: 10 Mar 2010
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Throughout the 17th century large parts of Europe were depopulated during the wide-ranging and savage wars of religion and dynasty, involving all of the major powers. This was therefore a key period in the development of 'modern' infantry tactics, such as the use of pole-arms and muskets together hence the popular expression 'pike and shot'. These infantry tactics involved different national schools on thought and practice, and were tested bloodily in great battles. This title covers the Dutch-Spanish wars of independence, The Thirty Years' War and the English Civil Wars.

Biographical Note

Keith Roberts was born in 1955 and was educated at Highgate School. He graduated in History from Leicester University in 1977 and is currently employed by one of the major clearing banks. He is a military analyst and lecturer on the theory and practice of war in Europe and England between 1590 and 1660 and has published widely in this field.


Introduction - Maurice of Nassau counters Spanish tactics, 1590s The Swedish method - Gustavus Adolphus adapts Dutch doctrine for more aggressive operations against German armies, 1630s English veterans use Dutch tactics and German experience against the Scots, 1630s The English Civil Wars, 1642-50: early Royalist armies use Swedish tactics, Parliamentary generals Dutch
German tactics - developments 1642-45 - the different influences carried over into the New Model Army Conclusions

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