Hatamoto: Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724 Stephen Turnbull

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Published: June 19th 2012

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Hatamoto: Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724  by  Stephen Turnbull

Hatamoto: Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724 by Stephen Turnbull
June 19th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 64 pages | ISBN: | 8.11 Mb

Ospreys elite series title for Japans samurai horse and foot guards, from 1540 to 1724. Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a household division of troops, known as the Hatamoto - those who stand under the flag. The Hatamoto included theMoreOspreys elite series title for Japans samurai horse and foot guards, from 1540 to 1724. Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a household division of troops, known as the Hatamoto - those who stand under the flag.

The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, both horse (uma mawari) and foot (kachi)- the senior generals (bugyo), the standard bearers and color-guard, couriers, and other samurai under the warlords 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 final disaster.

As favored fighting men under the warlords eye, members of the bodyguards could hope for promotion, and some rose to be daimyo themselves.All three great leaders of the 16-17th century - 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 armor, all of which are detailed in an array of color artwork specially created for this publication.



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