On the face of it, the female samurai warrior is a very elusive creature.
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.
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’.
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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 […]
Isandlwana was perhaps the greatest defeat inflicted on the British redcoats by native warriors in imperial history. To read the full article, see Issue 6 of Military times
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 […]
The Battle of Waterloo raged all day, but in most sectors, there were lulls in the fighting. Only at Hougoumont was the struggle more or less continuous from 11.30 in the morning until 7.30 at night. To read the full article, see Issue 6 of Military times
Dr Dominic Tweedle, Director-General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy explains why our nautical heritage must be preserved.