|Part of the Genkō War|
Nitta Yoshisada led an army over 100 kilometers in ten days with major engagements against the Shogunate forces in four locations.
|Forces loyal to Emperor Go-Daigo||Hōjō clan|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Nitta Yoshisada||Kanazawa Sadamasa, Sakurada Sadakuni, Nagasaki Takashige, Nagasaki Saemon, Kaji Saemon.|
The Kōzuke-Musashi campaign was a rapid and direct assault during the Japanese Genkō War by Nitta Yoshisada that led up to the Siege of Kamakura in 1333. It consisted of a number of battles over a brief period. The ultimate result was the ending of the Kamakura Shogunate.
By the first part of the 14th century, the Kamakura Shogunate, which had never fully recovered from successfully fending off the Mongol Invasions, was already engaging a resurgent imperial house under Go-Daigo during the Genkō War. Go-Daigo's son Prince Morinaga energetically organized an uprising against the Hōjō recruiting a number of the key martial leaders that supported the Emperor including Kusunoki Masashige. Early in 1333 Morninaga and Kusunoki, the latter being entrenched at Chihaya, were the targets of a large army sent from Kamakura to destroy the uprising. This left Kamakura relatively undefended.
Nitta Yoshisada, who was originally supporting the Hojo Regents of Kamakura, was convinced to support the imperial cause. From his home base in Kōzuke Province, Nitta and a group of other nobles including his brother Yoshisuke took advantage of the lightly defended Kamakura and entered Musashi Province in force. Following the important Kamakura Kaidō highway, Nitta's army received fresh recruits along the way from local powerful clans and repeatedly engaged the Hojo forces until reaching the outskirts of Kamakura, thus beginning the Siege of Kamakura.
- Battle of Kotesashi (May 11, 1333)
- Battle of Kumegawa (May 12, 1333)
- Battle of Bubaigawara (and Sekido) (May 15–16, 1333)
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