Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda Shingen

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The Twenty-Four Generals, depicted and identified individually on a hanging scroll painting

The Twenty-Four Generals (武田二十四将, Takeda Nijūshi-shō) were just one of many historically famous groupings of battle commanders from Japan's Sengoku Period. These Twenty-Four were the most trusted companions of Takeda Shingen.[1] A third of them died at the famous Battle of Nagashino in 1575 when they led the Takeda forces against Oda Nobunaga. When Takeda Katsuyori committed suicide in 1582, declaring the end of the Takeda clan, only three of them were still serving under the Takeda.


In artwork and other historical sources, there is some variation in the list of names.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

During Edo period, the twenty-four samurai leaders were a popular topic for ukiyo-e and bunraku.[2]

In the computer game Shogun: Total War, there are 25 Takeda generals.[6]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.

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