Nagashino, 1575: Slaughter at the Barricades, Stephen Turnbull

Nagashino, 1575: Slaughter at the Barricades, Stephen Turnbull

This book recounts one of the first major uses of firearms by samurai armies. Once guns arrived in Japan via western traders the Japanese were quick to adopt them. This 96-page book is packed with details, diagrams and illustrations. The colour plates are a slightly different style form those normally used by osprey and although give an impression of the action I found them disappointing. The book more than makes up for this with excellent use of photographs of the battlefield which has changed little and of museum artefacts as well as a striking picture of Japanese arquebus re-enactors. The campaign maps and 3-D battle maps are also excellent. The book is well written by the leading authority Dr S Turnbull and is an informative and interesting read. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in this period. The wargaming section is excellent and even gives ideas for running the campaign in the Wars of the Roses rather than with Samurai armies.

Chapters

Origins of the Campaign
Chronology
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Plans
Opposing Armies
The Siege of Nagashino Castle
The Battle
Aftermath
Battlefield Today
Wargaming Nagashino

 

Author: Stephen Turnbull
Edition: Paperback
Pages: pp
Publisher: pub
Year: author


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