The TAKEDA Shingen History : KAWANAKAJIMA (2)

Publié le par Yama no Kami Nobusada

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    On the morning of the tenth day of the ninth lunar month, the armies of Kenshin and Shingen met at Hachimanbara, near the convergence of the Chikuma and Sai Rivers. Our only reliable record provides little information about the events. We know that Shingen's younger brother Nobushige died in battle, and that several of Kenshin's generals were killed. Actually, we know the details of the story only from the myth it had become by the early seventeenth century, some forty years after the event. The Kôyôgunkan, a military chronicle of popular history, is our main source. Despite the tendency of its compilers to exaggeration of body counts, the gist of the narrative is consistent with authenticate facts. On the night before battle, Kenshin had been able to observe Shingen fort from the peak of Mount Saijo. He saw a sudden increase in activity. He surmised from the deployment of horses and men, and from the unceasing smoke signals that Shingen was about to make a move.
    This was the sign that Kenshin had awaited in his twenty day encampment at Saijo, The next morning Kenshin secretly led his men across the Chikuma River to Hachimanbara, at the center of Kawanakajima. Shingen's army had hob even noticed that its enemy had left camp until the whole force of the Echigo army appeared in a moment, bearing down upon them out of the heavy river fog at dawn. Shingen's vanguard was shattered. Just as it faced absolute defeat, with Shingen and his son Yoshinobu both wounded, twelve thousand Kai rearguard soldiers arrived to save their general. The alleged author of the Kôyôgunkan chronicle is Kosaka Danjo Masanobu, the leader of the rearguard forces and lifelong companion of Shingen. The majority of the 3400 men of the Echigo army who we killed were overtaken and slaughtered as they fled the battlefield. Many drowned in the rapids of the Sai River. But the encounter at Kawanakajima was a total victory for Kenshin. Neither side was incapacitated, and Kenshin led his army to the Kanto two months later. The following month, Shingen clashed again with Kenshin while invading the province to the northeast of Kai.

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