History of the Samurai Wars - in association with Total War: Shogun 2 and Intel

The Sengoku Period, or Warring States Period, was a time of social upheaval and constant military conflict from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century.

Over these 150 years of civil war, Japanese warfare developed significantly, with many notable changes:

1. The Shogun (military ruler) became as weak as the Emperor (ceremonial head of state)

2. Warfare between rival feudal barons (daimyo) became endemic

3. Armies increased in size from thousands to tens of thousands

Konishi Yukinaga, one of the leaders of the invasion of Korea, sits contemplating a pile of severed Chinese heads.

Konishi Yukinaga, one of the leaders of the invasion of Korea, sits contemplating a pile of severed Chinese heads.

4. Samurai changed from being always mounted to often fighting on foot

5. The sword replaced the longbow as the main samurai weapon

6. Samurai cavalry changed from being mainly skirmishers to being shock troops charging with lance and sword

7. Gunpowder and the hand-gun (or arquebus) was introduced

8. As well as samurai, armies now included well-drilled commoner infantry (ashigaru), armed with spears to form defensive phalanxes, and longbows and arquebuses to provide harassing fire

9. Fortifications became numerous and strong across the countryside, and siege warfare techniques developed

10. Strategy and tactics evolved to allow complex combined-arms operations by large armies

History of the Samurai Wars
The making of Total War: Shogun 2
WIN Collector’s Edition of Total War: Shogun 2
10 Major Developments of Japanese warfare in the Sengoku Period
Rise of the Samurai
Japanese Castles
Military Trends during the Sengoku Period
Battle in the Snow: Mikata ga Hara
Timeline of The Sengoku Period: Japan’s Age of WarRead the History of Samurai Wars magazine

Samurai Weapons
The Samurai Sword (Katana
The Japanese Longbow

Japanese Warriors
Religious Warriors of Japan
Female Samurai Warriors
Ninja (Shinobi) – Secret Assassins

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  1. Ryoma
    February 26, 2015 @ 6:37 am

    Nobunaga is a great man. One of my favorite SHOGUN. By the way, I found an extremely exquisite miniature of his Samurai Armor:

    Do you like this?


    • berggeit
      March 27, 2017 @ 11:46 am

      Nobunaga was a daimyo not a shogun.


  2. berggeit
    March 27, 2017 @ 11:45 am

    There are mistake’s made.
    5. It should be spears, not swords. Swords where mostly backup weapons.
    6. Cavalry charge’s where used for a short time by only a few clans due only the Kiso horse seemd to be able to be used for it. It got obsolite due the usage of guns and spear formations of the ashigaru.


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