Nagashino 1575

Nagashino 1575

Slaughter at the barricades

Campaign 69
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 69
  • Publication Date: 25 Mar 2000
  • Number of Pages: 96
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When Portuguese traders took advantage of the constant violence in Japan to sell the Japanese their first firearms, one of the quickest to take advantage of this new technology was the powerful daimyo Oda Nobunaga. In 1575 the impetuous Takeda Katsuyori laid siege to Nagashino castle, a possession of Nobunaga's ally, Tokugawa Ieyasu. An army was despatched to relieve the siege, and the two sides faced each other across the Shidarahara. The Takeda samurai were brave, loyal and renowned for their cavalry charges, but Nobunaga, counting on Katsuyori's impetuosity, had 3,000 musketeers waiting behind prepared defences for their assault. The outcome of this clash of tactics and technologies was to change the face of Japanese warfare forever.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the far east, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of The Samurai - A Military History and Men-at-Arms 86 Samurai Armies 1550-1615. Howard Gerrard has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers, and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists.

Contents

Nagashino and the Age of War
The Takeda Clan
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies
Opposing Plans
The Siege of Nagashino Castle
The Battle of Nagashino
Aftermath
Military Lessons of Nagashino
Select Bibliography
The Battlefield Today
Wargaming Nagashino

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