Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nagashino/Shincho Ko-ki

I have been busy of late translating the chapter on Nagashino and found it quite interesting.

  • Nobunaga orders the carpenter Okabe Mataemon to repair Hachikengu located in Atsuta Shrine.
  • Nobunaga camps at Shitara Gokurakuji, Nobutada at Niimidoyama, and Ieyasu at Takamatsuyama.
  • The battlefield's geography is mentioned often. Lots of mounatins and rivers.
  • Sakai Tadatsugu leads a party to attack Tobigasu with some of the best archers and gunners. Nobunaga also includes 500 gunners led by Kanamori Nagachika and others.
  • Only 1,000 guns mentioned by the Shincho Ko-ki under strict orders from Nobunaga lead by Maeda Toshiie, Sasa Narimasa, Nonomura Masanari, Fukutomi Hidekatsu, and Ban Naomasa. No rotating volley mentioned at all.
  • Yamagata Masakage led the first wave for the Takeda. The Shincho Ko-ki mentions that the Takeda are skilled horsemen.
  • 10,000 dead and some starved in the mountains or fell off the bridge and into the river and drowned.
  • Due to the Takeda loss at Nagashino, Akiyama Nobutomo is holed up at Iwamura Castle.
  • Nobunaga returns to Gifu on May 25, 1575.
Tenka no tame!

2 comments:

Tornadoes28 said...

The 10,000 dead meaning from the Takeda? Was it in the Varley article that talks about the actually number of soldiers on each side being roughly half what is often written? Meaning that rather than a total of 15,000 Takeda soldiers involved in the invasion, it was closer to maybe 7 to 8,000? I assume if that is the case than the total numbers of dead would be not more than 5,000. Which if true would still be horrendous, 4 or 5,000 dead out of maybe 8,000 Takeda soldiers.

otsuke said...

Again, this is from Ota Gyuichi's Shincho Ko-ki. There was nothing written on Oda/Tokugawa dead. Just the Takeda. The numbers on both armies were too large. Gyuichi noted that the Oda/Tokugawa was around 30,000 or more and the Takeda 15,000. That is too high from today's standards.

Remember Okehazama? Gyuichi noted down 45,000. Again, too large. Gyuichi was right on the guns 1,000, but army numbers wrong.