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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (25 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841761494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841761497
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first study in English of the ashigaru
In line with the format of the Warriors series, this book takes an in-depth look at the ashigaru, with much new material from Japanese sources. The work is complemented by Howard Gerrard's fine plates, providing inspiration for modelmakers and milkitary buffs alike.

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Howard Gerrard has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers, and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. His most recent work for Osprey is Campaign 69 'Nagashino 1575'. Stephen Tumbull 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 and Men-at-Arms 86 Samurai Armies 1550-1615.

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THE ANTECEDENTS OF the ashigaru may be traced to one of the earliest attempts by a Japanese emperor to control and systematise the owning and use of military force. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brecht@tengu.be on 23 April 2001
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This book describes the history of the Japanese foot soldier. It's very interesting to learn something about Japanese soldiers other than the samurai. The book reads very easy. Unfortunately it is not very long, and could go into more detail. If you allready own some information on the Ashigaru, you'll probably read nothing new. Personal conclusion: I'm very happy with it, and glad I bought the book...
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The Author is knowledgable and cannot be faulted. The booklet is interesting and informative. It is however poorly bound and the diagrams are childlike. This one is for the kids. I enjoyed it. My inner child at work again!
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Got to complete the Osprey set on this subject and found that it was a an old print of the book - hence the 4 stars. Still a good read mind
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The Samurai's grunts. 21 May 2012
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Steven Turnbull, one of the few western experts on pre-modern Japanese warfare, authored this Osprey title on the Ashigaru - the Samurai's commoner foot soldiers. For those such as myself who always picture Japanese warfare as a clash between armies of noble Samurai warriors, one will learn a great deal from this work on the Ashigaru.

The author begins with the origins of the Ashigaru as part-time soldiers hired for a single campaign who were indifferently equipped and of marginal use on the battlefield. They evolved over time into a professional and important military arm of Daimyo armies. In time, they became the lowest rung on the Samurai hierarchy. Their equipment varied from era to era to include swords, pikes and even firelock muskets first introduced by Portuguese merchants.

The author does a very good job of showing what life was like for the Ashigaru - on campaign and in battle. They author relates their training, their food, their changing status within armies and society and their equipment in regards to both weapons and armor and what was expected of Ashigaru formations in battle.

This is a very good primer not only on the Ashigaru, but on Japanese warfare and how it changed over time. As one can expect from an Osprey title, the color plates and photos are excellent. This book also includes Japanese woodcut images showing Ashigaru in action - in more ways than one! In one, Ashigaru are looting an enemy village and while one carries off various objects another has a young woman over his shoulder!

This is a very enlightening work on the Samurai's "grunts" and gets five stars from me.
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Ashigaru 30 Mar. 2007
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Typical Osprey warrior title, detailed, well-illustrated, and providing information rarely, if ever, found anywhere else.
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