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The Spanish Tercios, 1536-1704


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Introduction /Antecedents of tercios in Gonzalo de Cordoba's early 16th-century Italian campaigns /Ordinance of Geneva, and creation of first tercios by Emperor Charles V /Recruitment, training, organization and logistics - the 'Spanish Road' across Europe /Ranks and duties within a tercio /Morale and esprit de corps - the 'Spanish Fury' /Weapons, armour, clothing, flags /Tactics - use of weapons in combination /Evolution - orders of battle - naval tercios /Decline /Bibliography

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The forerunner of modern tactical units such as the battalion, the flexible and innovative infantry formation known as the tercio or 'Spanish square' reigned supreme on the bloody battlefields of Europe in the 16th century.

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A captain in the Spanish infantry, Ignacio J.N. Lopez studied at the military academies of Lerida, Zaragoza and Toledo and is currently a professor at the Spanish Army NBC School. This is his first book for Osprey.


"This 48-page paperback succinctly traces the history of the tercio from its antecedents in early 16th-century campaigns in Italy to its decline and ultimate realignment into a regimental system in 1704. Readers will learn how Emperor Charles V formed the first tercios; their recruitment, training, organization and logistics; and the soldiers' duties and ranks. Full-color illustrations are combined with black and white photographs of artifacts from the Spanish Army Museum to show the foot soldiers' armor, weapons, clothing and flags while illuminating their tactics." --Toy Soldier & Model Figure (January 2013)

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