Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda Shingen
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. 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.
- Akiyama Nobutomo – Takeda's second in command; granted more autonomy. d. 1575, following second siege of Iwamura Castle
- Amari Torayasu – d. Battle of Uedahara 1548
- Anayama Nobukimi – following Mikatagahara and Nagashino, allied with Tokugawa Ieyasu and aided in defeat of Takeda Katsuyori
- Baba Nobuharu – fought at Mikatagahara and commanded vanguard of the right wing of Takeda army at Nagashino, where he died.
- Hara Masatane – d. Battle of Nagashino 1575
- Hara Toratane
- Ichijō Nobutatsu – younger brother to Shingen, fought at Nagashino
- Itagaki Nobukata – d. Battle of Uedahara 1548
- Kōsaka Danjō Masanobu - played a major role in the fourth battle of Kawanakajima, but was not present at Nagashino
- Naitō Masatoyo
- Obata Masamori – led the largest contingent (500 cavalry in the center company) at Nagashino
- Obata Toramori – d. 1561, is recorded as having been wounded 40 times in 30 encounters
- Obu Toramasa
- Oyamada Nobushige – fought at Kawanakajima, Mikatagahara, and Nagashino
- Saigusa Moritomo – d. Nagashino 1575
- Sanada Nobutsuna – d. Nagashino 1575
- Sanada Yukitaka – daimyō of Shinano Province who submitted to Shingen
- Tada Mitsuyori
- Takeda Nobukado – brother to Shingen, d. 1575
- Takeda Nobushige – younger brother to Shingen, d. fourth battle of Kawanakajima 1561
- Tsuchiya Masatsugu – fought at Mikatagahara, d. Nagashino 1575; his sons followed Takeda Katsuyori until his death at Temmokuzan in 1582
- Yamagata Masakage – fought at Mikatagahara and Yoshida, d. Nagashino 1575
- Yamamoto Kansuke - strategist of fourth battle of Kawanakajima, died in that battle
- Yokota Takatoshi – d. Siege of Toishi 1550
In popular culture
- "Legendary Takeda's 24 Generals" at Yamanashi-kankou.jp; retrieved 2013-5-17.
- Internet Movie Database (IMDb), "Shingen Takeda (Character) from Kagemusha (1980); retrieved 2013-5-17.
- Inoue, Yasushi. (2006). The Samurai banner of Furin Kazan, p. 7.
- Turnbull, Stephen. (2011). The Samurai and the Sacred: The Path of the Warrior, p. 85.
- Turnbull, Stephen. (2013). Samurai Armies 1467–1649, p. 62.
- "Takeda Clan" at totalwar.com; Retrieved 2013-5-17.
- Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.
- British Museum, No. 3 Yamamoto Kansuke Nyudo Dokisai Haruyuki 山本勘助入道道鬼蔡晴幸 / Koetsu yusho den Takeda-ke nijushi-sho 甲越勇將傳武田家廾四將 (Biographies of Heroic Generals of Kai and Echigo Provinces, Twenty-four Generals of the Takeda Clan)
- Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Portraits of the Twenty-four Generals of Kai Province (Kôshû nijûshi shô no shôzô)「甲州二十四将之肖像」