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Osprey Elite 178: Hatamoto - Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724
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Osprey Elite 178: Hatamoto - Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724
With contemporary photographs/illustrations, colorr profiles (of persons and tactical scenarios), maps and diagrams illustrated series that covers military forces, personalities and warfare techniques. Valuable resource for figure-/diorama modelers as well as persons interested in military history and uniforms.

To this book: Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a division of troops known as the Hatamoto, "those who stand under the flag". The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, the senior generals, the standard bearers and color-guard, the couriers, and the other samurai under the warlord"s personal command. Apart from bodyguard and other duties in immediate attendance on the daimyo, both horse and foot guards often played crucial roles in battle. Their intervention could turn defeat into victory, and their collapse meant certain defeat. As favoured warriors under the warlord"s eye, members of the bodyguards could hope for promotion, and a few even rose to be daimyo themselves. All the three great leaders of the 16 and 17th centuries – including Oda, Hideyoshi and Tokugawa – had their own elite corps. Such troops were naturally distinguished by dazzling apparel and heraldry, with banners both carried and attached to the back of the armour, all of which will be detailed in an array of coloor artwork specially created for this publication.


Excerpts from "Osprey Elite 164: British Napoleonic Infanty Tactics 1792-1815" and "Osprey Elite 89: American Civil War Commanders (3) -Union Leaders in the West":
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Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrator: Richard Hook
Pages: 64
Language: English
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 2010
Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.5 cm
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 0.34 kg
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