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Ashigaru 1467-1649 (1st Printing)

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Ashigaru 1467-1649 (1st Printing)
by Osprey
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Publish Year: 2001
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 8x10x.25"
Restockable: No
NKG part #: 2148531279
Mfg. part #: OSPWAR029-1
Type: Softcover
Series: WAR29


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 realize 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 war. Stephen Turnbull draws on previously untranslated Japanese sources and unpublished illustrations that show the range of ashigaru activity, from sailors to catapult artillery men as well as the disciplined ranks of warriors that they had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.