Ninja (Shinobi) – Secret Assassins

For any military historian, the topic of ninja remains one of the most fascinating mysteries of Japanese samurai warfare. The word ‘ninja’ or its alternative reading ‘shinobi’ crops up again and again in historical accounts in the context of secret intelligence-gathering or assassinations carried out by martial arts experts.

Ikko-Ikki: Japanese Warrior Monks

During the Sengoku Period, the rule by the samurai class was sometimes severely challenged by the armies mounted by lower-class self-governing communities called ikki or leagues. The most powerful one was based on a shared adherence to the True Pure Land sect of Buddhism as the ‘Single-minded League or ‘Ikko-ikki’.

Sandhurst trust

What is the Sandhurst Foundation?

The Sandhurst Foundation is a charitable organisation set up by The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2004.  The Foundation’s core support comes from an Alumni made up from all serving officers past and present and those with a special affinity for the Academy.

Timeline of The Sengoku Period: Japan’s Age of War

The Sengoku Period, or Warring States Period, was a time of social upheaval and constant military conflict from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century Timeline of key stages of Japan’s Age of War: 1467 Onin War begins 1477 Onin War officially ends 1494 Hojo capture Odawara 1543 Arrival […]


The British Army at Isandlwana, Anglo-Zulu Wars

Redcoats The battle of Isandlwana represented a clash of two radically different military systems – a modern, Western, technologically-advanced professional army pitched against an indigenous African tribal army of part-time warriors armed primarily with shields and spears. The British Army was in a state of flux in the 1870s, and many attitudes and practices which […]