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The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592–98

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Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Publication Date: 2 Jul 2008
Number of Pages: 96

Stephen Turnbull, a renowned expert on the history of Japan, examines the samurai invasion of Korea, the first step in an ambitious Japanese plan to conquer China. Examining the various stages of the war, from the pitched battles of the early war years, to the great naval encounters, the dramatic sieges and the bitter trench warfare that characterized the end of the war, Turnbull provides a concise analysis of the conflict.

Highly illustrated with contemporary photographs, full colour battlescene artwork, detailed maps and bird’s-eye views, this is a concise history of a unique and exciting campaign, which not only involved huge numbers of men, differing terrain and tactics but was also the only time that the legendary samurai were pitched against a foreign nation.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world’s foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his 1977 book, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved an equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had 30 books published.

He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, in particular, such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the Teutonic Knights. Stephen has held several academic positions, the most recent being Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan.

Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents:

  • The strategic situation
  • Chronology
  • Opposing plans
  • Opposing commanders
  • Opposing forces
  • Blitzkrieg on Korea
  • The war at sea
  • The Korean guerrilla war
  • The Chinese liberation of Korea
  • The second invasion
  • Aftermath
  • The battlefields today
  • Further reading
  • Index

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