Nagashino 1575: Slaughter at the barricades

Nagashino 1575: Slaughter at the barricades


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Osprey's examination of the campaign at Nagashino in 1575. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855326194
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/25/2000
Series: Campaign Series , #60
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.27(w) x 9.71(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of 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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