Pike and Shot Tactics 1590–1660

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Pike and Shot Tactics 1590–1660

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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.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published 10 Mar 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846034695
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 48 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 179
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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