Ashigaru 1467-1649 : The Samurai Footsoldier, Paperback

Ashigaru 1467-1649 : The Samurai Footsoldier Paperback

Illustrated by Howard Gerrard

Part of the Warrior S. series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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, drawing on previously untranslated Japanese sources and with illustrations that show ashigaru as sailors and catapult artillery men as well as the disciplined ranks that they had become.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, 65 b&w and 6 colour illustrations, glossary, chronology, bibliography
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Defence strategy, planning & research
  • ISBN: 9781841761497



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A typical Osprey production, as their "go-to" author on things Japanese examines the origins and organization of these troops from being irregular hangers-on to the infantry backbone of the samurai armies.

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