The samurai invasion had gone well, overcoming any opposition in the south of the country. Konishi Yukinaga and his army continued there rapid approach to Seoul. The last Korean force to stand in the way of Konishi was Sin Ip's. Sin Ip choose not to stop the samurai at the Choryang pass, choosing instead to meet them on the plain of Chungju. Placing his army on a hill with the mighty Han river to his back Sin Ip believed the plain would be ideal for his cavalry.
Sin Ip placed his cavalry(2 standard and 1 small unit of medium cav) on his right wing under Yi Il. On his left was Jin Ru-wen withhis division(2 standard unit medium inf, 1 standard unit light inf and 1 standard unit archers), in the centre was Sin Ip himself(1 units standard medium inf, 1 unit Standard light inf, 1 unit standard archers and 1 light artillery piece)
yi il prepares for war!
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Konishi set up with So Yoshitomo( 2 standard units medium inf, 1 sandard unit heavy inf) on the left, he was to hold his ground and wait for the Korean Cavalry. On Konishi's right was Matsuura Shigenobu( 1 standard unit heavy inf, 1 standard unit medium inf, 1 standard unit arquebus and 1 standard unit heavy cav), Matsuura was to attack with haste and hopefully fold the Korean left flank. In the centre was Konishi( 1 standard unit heavy inf, 1 standard unit medium inf with pikes and 2 standard units arquebus) he was to support his right flank when needed.
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So Yoshitomo got off to a great start, his division moved quick, the commander was well respected by his troops and managed to move within bow range of the Koreans in two moves. Yi Il struggled to get his cavalry division moving feeling safer on the hill than down on the plain, no matter how hard he tried to move his men they were stubborn deciding only to move to the bottom of the hill and see what happens.
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Konishi approached the centre of the Koreans, moving slowly, his units took fire from the artillery and archers causing damage to a couple of his units.
korean cav and samurai face off
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On the Korean left Jin RU-wen done his best to prepare for the waves of samurai cavalry and infantry, knowing that his division of light and medium infantry was no match, he hoped that Yi Il would hurry up and attack with his cavalry and maybe threaten the samurai centre
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brave korean archers
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Matsuura now had the bit between his teeth, he clashed with the Koreans who held well beating him back, unfortunately he had placed his cavalry at the back of his infantry.
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On the samurai left, one unit of Korean cavalry finally decided to give it a go advancing and clashing with So Yoshitomo. Routing one unit but leaving his flank open and the koreans were hit and retreated.
korean cav wait
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korean and samurai clash
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The Korean cavalry would take no more part in the battle, so frightened were they, that they refused to move. On the samurai right Matsuura tried again to attack. this time knocking back the Korean medium infantry leaving just the light infantry unit and archers
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In the centre, Konishi advanced towards Sin Ip taking casualties from the korean archery and artillery. It was time for the final push to try and break through the Koreans and advance on Seoul.
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konishi approaches koreans
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The Korean left was shaken but holding, both the samurai and Koreans fought hard, but the Koreans were gradually pushed back. The unit of archers truly out performing any other unit in the army, they managed to hold off the samurai heavy infantry twice until they buckled. with the space left by the retreating Koreans there was now room for the samurai cavalry to break through. in the centre Sin Ip's division also fought well pushing Konishi's samurai back but with his left flank starting to fold and his cavalry doing there best impression of a division of statues Sin Ip knew his time was up.
Not a resounding victory for the Samurai. The rules do work well for the period. If the Korean cavalry could have thrown better dice and got into the Samurai then it might have made for a completely different result.
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