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Pike and Shot Tactics 1590-1660
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP ELI179
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Author: Keith Roberts
Illustrator: Adam Hook

About this book
Throughout the 17th century large parts of Europe were depopulated during the wide-ranging and savage wars of religion and dynasty, involving all of the major powers. This was therefore a key period in the development of 'modern' infantry tactics, such as the use of pole-arms and muskets together - hence the popular expression 'pike and shot'. These infantry tactics involved different national schools on thought and practice, and were tested bloodily in great battles. This title covers the Dutch-Spanish wars of independence, The Thirty Years' War and the English Civil Wars.

  • Introduction - Maurice of Nassau counters Spanish tactics, 1590s
  • The Swedish method - Gustavus Adolphus adapts Dutch doctrine for more aggressive operations against German armies, 1630s
  • English veterans use Dutch tactics and German experience against the Scots, 1630s
  • The English Civil Wars, 1642-50: early Royalist armies use Swedish tactics, Parliamentary generals Dutch
  • German tactics - developments 1642-45 - the different influences carried over into the New Model Army
  • Conclusions
Paperback; March 2010; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781846034695

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