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By Stephen Turnbull

Osprey's elite sequence identify for Japan's samurai horse and foot guards, from 1540 to 1724. every one nice samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a 'household division' of troops, often called the Hatamoto - 'those who stand less than the flag'. The Hatamoto incorporated the non-public bodyguards, either horse (uma mawari) and foot (kachi); the senior generals (bugyo), the traditional bearers and color-guard, couriers, and different samurai less than the warlord's own command.

Apart from bodyguard and different tasks in fast attendance at the daimyo, either horse and foot guards frequently performed an important roles in conflict - their intervention may flip defeat into victory, and their cave in intended ultimate catastrophe. As favorite struggling with males below the warlord's eye, individuals of the bodyguards may perhaps desire for promoting, and a few rose to be daimyo themselves.

All 3 nice leaders of the 16-17th century - together with Oda, Hideyoshi and Tokugawa - had their very own elite corps. Such troops have been evidently exclusive by way of fabulous clothing and heraldry, with banners either carried and connected to the again of the armor, all of that are specific in an array of colour art specifically created for this e-book.

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While in his headquarters posltIon at Imafuku, their daimyo Satake Yoshinobu was visited by Furuta Oribe, the noted tea-ma ter. We are not told whether or not he perform d the tea ceremony for Yoshinobu prior to hi going into battle - which was not unknown in samurai warfare - but it is recorded that Oribe was so dedicated to his art that he began examining the bamboo palisade fence to see if any of the sections was suitable for making a carved teaspoon. While he was doing so a stray bullet hit him in the head; quite unperturbed, he removed a purple tea napkin from his armour and calmly wiped the blood away.

While he was doing so a stray bullet hit him in the head; quite unperturbed, he removed a purple tea napkin from his armour and calmly wiped the blood away. A courier guardsman then arrived from Tokugawa Hidetada, who ordered the Satake army into battle immediately. Although their action was ultimately successful, the Satake were at one stage driven back by a suicidal charge from the Osaka side. One hatamoto of the Satake who was caught up in this was the 24-year-old Tomura Yoshikuni; his fellow hatamoto Shirato Yoshi'emon had just been killed cutting his way into the advancing enemy lines, so Yoshikuni climbed up onto the embankment along with his flag-bearer to follow this fine example of samurai heroism.

At first Kanetsugu's men set up their maku to the west, but there was no immediate attack; instead Kanetsugu moved his base to the mountain of Sugezawa north of the castle, and settled down for a siege. Hasedo Castle was certainly larger than that at Hataya, but his lack of urgency also suggests Three of Mogami Yoshiaki's hatamoto are shown here at right on the painted scroll of the battle of Hasedo. One has a gohei sashimono (see Plate D) and carries a long club; the one at the rear has a more conventional flag sashimono and wields a naginata.

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