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Yi Sun-sin: history’s greatest admiral

When we think of great naval commanders, Nelson immediately comes to mind. He fought 13 battles, winning 8. Admiral Yi Sun-sin fought 23 battles against Japan between 1592 and 1598, and won every one of them without losing a single ship. In 14 of these battles, moreover, not a single Japanese ship survived. How did he accomplish so much, and why was Japan unable to defeat him?

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MHM May 2019

The May issue of Military History Matters, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. To subscribe to the digital archive, click here. In this issue: Yi Sun-sin: history’s greatest admiral Few in the West have heard of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, but he may well be the greatest admiral to have […]

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