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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.

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

  • Obata Toramori - d. 1561, is recorded as having been wounded 40 times in 30 encounters[2]

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

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