Landmark at the Toyoake City Okehazama battlefield.
It is that time of year again when the Battle of Okehazama is the main topic. I have expanded my key points to the battle over the years after reading several sources from the local perspective.
- Nobunaga had a plan from the start.
- He did not tell his captains/retainers about the plan since betrayal was common in the Sengoku Era. He did not trust them at all.
- He used the middle man on the outside such as the Men of the Fields to do his dirty work for him. Nobunaga had more trust in them than his own retainers.
- The weather was so hot and miserable it made the Imagawa stop and rest. Also the thunderstorm provided cover for Nobunaga's army. The storm prevented the Imagawa to do any scouting around the surrounding area.
- The intelligence provided by Yanada Masatsuna was crucial in Nobunaga's victory.
- The quality of the Imagawa army was poor compared to the Oda. Nobunaga's army was toughen up by all the battle experience they received while unifying Owari.
- Charisma. Nobunaga's unorthodox character rubbed off to his soldiers when they needed it the most.
- Yoshimoto never respected his enemy as a worthy opponent. He always though Nobunaga was just a country samurai with no national pedigree. That snobbish attitude cost him his life and the Imagawa house.
- Kyoto. Yoshimoto was so obsessed with the capital as his goal, he for who was the real enemy, Nobunaga.
- Yoshimoto failed tactically. His allied vanguard consisted of the Matsudaira and the Asahina did much of the bulk work. However, Yoshimoto's main army failed due to attentiveness and overconfidence.
- Plan. Preparation. Execution. It was near flawless which Yoshimoto and the rest of the Imagawa army could not adjust nor recover.
Tenka no tame!