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Les Paterson
Les Paterson

Les Paterson:

Graduated with a degree in History at San Diego State University. Also studied in Japan at Gifu University with the emphasis on the Sengoku/Oda Nobunaga Era. Mr. Paterson is the author of the book Oda Nobunaga: The Battle of Okehazama. He enjoys traveling to Japan and soccer.

アメリカ在住。San Diego State Universityで「日本の歴史」を学び、岐阜大学では「織田信長」と「戦国時代」について学んだ。「Oda Nobunaga: The Battle of Okehazama」の著者でもある。

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The Key Points I

2014.05.02 | カテゴリー : 新着情報 | 投稿者名 :

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.

 

I did write a similar blog post about four years ago.  It has changed somewhat.http://otsuke.blogspot.com/2010/01/key-points.html

Tenka no tame!


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