Samurai Armies 1550-1615

Samurai Armies 1550-1615


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In 1543 three Portuguese merchants entered a turbulent Japan, bringing with them the first firearms the Japanese had ever seen: simple matchlock muskets called arquebuses. They proved a decisive addition to the Japanese armoury, as for centuries the samurai had fought only with bow, sword and spear. In 1575, during the Battle of Nagashino, one of the greatest original thinkers in the history of samurai, Oda Nobunaga, arranged his arquebusiers in ranks three deep behind a palisade and proceeded, quite literally, to blow his opponent's cavalry to pieces, marking the beginning of a new era in Japanese military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780850453027
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/22/1979
Series: Men-at-Arms Series , #86
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.21(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the far east, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of The Samurai - A Military History.

Table of Contents

The Golden Age · Samurai Armies · Samurai Battles · Sieges · Dress and Equipment: Samurai · Dress and Equipment: Ashigaru · The Plates

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