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Kawanakajima 1553–64

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Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrator: Wayne Reynolds
Publication Date: 21 Nov 2003
Number of Pages: 96

Kawanakajima is unique in history. In the space of 12 years, between 1553 and 1564, this valley deep in the mountains of central Japan witnessed no fewer than five battles between two of Japan’s greatest warlords.

Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin were both descended from great families and were highly skilled tacticians. Both had taken the tonsure and risen to high rank in their respective Buddhist sects.

When Shingen attempted to seize control of Shinano province they were set on a collision course. Stephen Turnbull chronicles the see-saw struggle between two men who epitomize the warrior daimyo from Japan’s ‘Warring States’ period.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull is the world’s leading English language authority on medieval Japan and samurai warfare. He has travelled extensively in the Far East, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of numerous titles, including Men-at-Arms 86: ‘Samurai Armies 1550-1615′, and Campaign 69: ‘Nagashino 1575′.

Wayne Reynolds was born in Leeds, UK, and attended art college in Middlesborough. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1991 has worked as a professional artist. Wayne has provided illustrations and source material for many gaming companies, creating figures, landscapes and interiors, as well as providing core characterisation. He is perhaps best known though for his work on titles such as ‘2000AD’, ‘Slaine’, and ‘Judge Dredd’. Wayne is also a keen modeller and historical re-enactor.

Contents:

  • Origins of the campaigns
  • Chronology
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Armies
  • Opposing Plans
  • The Kawanakajima campaigns (1553, 1555, 1557, 1561, 1564)
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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