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The ashigaru were the foot soldiers of old Japan. Although recruited first to swell an army's numbers and paid only by loot, the samurai began to realise their worth, particularly with arquebuses and spears, until well-trained ashigaru made up a vital part of any samurai army. This book tells the story of the ashigaru for the first time, their origins, recruitment training and use in various wars, such as the Gempei Wars of 1180-1185 and the Onin War of 1467-1477. Stephen Turnbull draws on previously untranslated Japanese sources and unpublished illustrations that show the range of ashigaru activity, from sailors to catapult artillery men as well as the disciplined ranks of warriors that they had become.

Table of Contents

THE ASHIGARU: A HISTORICAL SURVEY
The rise of ashigaru · Ashigaru earn armour · Nobunaga shows the way forward · Toyotomi Hideyoshi
ASHIGARU RECRUITMENT
The call to arms · Permanent units · Rapid response units
ORGANISATION AND COMMAND
Weapon specialisation · Spearmen · Serving a samurai · Signals and flag bearers
CAMPAIGN LIFE OF THE ASHIGARU
Horses · Looting · Civilian casualties · Field remedies
THE ASHIGARU'S EXPERIENCE OF BATTLE
Arquebus troops · Hand to hand fighting · Archery squads · Spearmen · Spear carriers and standard bearers

Product details

Published Mar 25 2001
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841761497
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 70 b/w; 10 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 29
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Stephen Turnbull

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Illustrator

Howard Gerrard

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