Siege of Tanabe

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Siege of Tanabe
Part of the Sengoku period
LocationTanabe castle, Tango Province, Japan
Result Western army victory
Forces loyal to Tokugawa Ieyasu Forces loyal to Ishida Mitsunari
Commanders and leaders
Hosokawa Fujitaka Onoki Shigekatsu
500 15,000

The 1600 siege of Tanabe was one of a number of battles which took place in parallel to the more influential series of battles known as the Sekigahara Campaign which led to the unification of Japan under Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Tanabe castle was held by Hosokawa Tadaoki, a revered scholar loyal to the Tokugawa. It is said that, due to the respect they held for Hosokawa, the besieging army was somewhat slower and less effective than they might have been otherwise, and in the end the battle served to tie up these Western Army (anti-Tokugawa) contingents, preventing them from being present at Sekigahara.


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