Battle of Nagashino facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBattle of Nagashino
|Part of the Sengoku period|
General launching his troops to attack the castle of Nagashino in 1575, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
|Takeda forces||Combined forces of Oda and Tokugawa|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Takeda Katsuyori, Anayama Nobukimi, Takeda Nobukado, Takeda Nobutoyo||Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Okudaira Sadamasa|
|Casualties and losses|
|Between 3,000 and 10,000 dead, incl. 54 samurai leaders
The Battle of Nagashino (長篠の戦い, Nagashino no Tatakai) was an armed conflict in 1575. The battle took place near Nagashino Castle (長篠城) on the plain of Shitaragahara (設楽原) in the Mikawa province (三河) of Japan.
Forces under Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝頼) attacked the castle. The Takeda attacked the castle because it threatened supply lines.
Okudaira Sadamasa (奥平貞昌) commanded the 500 defenders of the castle. The defenders had 200 matchlocks and at least once cannon.
Both Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康) and Oda Nobunaga (織田信長) sent troops to break the siege and their combined forces defeated the Takeda attack.
Nobunaga's use of firearms to defeat Takeda's cavalry is considered as a turning point in Japanese warfare. His tactical innovation was the wooden stockades and rotating volleys of fire which led to a decisive victory at Nagashino.
The Battle of Nagashino and the last years of the Takeda clan are dramatised in Akira Kurosawa's 1980 movie Kagemusha (Shadow Warrior).
Images for kids
|Mary the Jewess|