Kenshin's army arriving about 2-3 miles apart from Nobunaga's front line, stayed there and did not move, kept army mobile but took holding pattern. Nobunaga's generals started to be puzzled. But, more puzzled was Kenshin's generals. His step sons, Kagetora and Kagekatsu and strategist Kakizaki etc.. getting frustrated, one night asked Kenshin why he did not order to move ahead to attack Nobunaga Army. They all said it is the time for first strike for taking initiative of the battle.
Image is not for Tedori Gawa's Battle
For reference of Japanese old time battle
Kenshin had never had his own son. He had 3 adopted sons all were from his own enemies including his own brother. All 3 adopted sons were loyal to Kenshin and loved him. This is one episode how merciful person he was.
Kenshin asked them back "Do you guys know what will decide win or lose in wars? Do you think number of soldiers? No. Do you think training? No. Do you think number of guns? No. I am waiting for My Lord tells me time for attack." All generals are puzzled again.
One more day passed by and on the 3rd day of holding, the rain started late in the afternoon changed to pouring rain by midnight. Kenshin stood up and ordered immediate and swift attack. Despite of late night, all of his army moved ahead smoothly.
You might have figured that Kenshin was waiting for rain. Rifles that time had igniting system outside and needed to fire the rope to fire it. Because of the rain, Nobunaga Army could not use their guns at all and well trained Kenshin's army defeated Nobunaga Army.
Nobunaga defeated Shingen's Son's army by using rifles.
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It was simple after knowing what he did. This story remind me "Columbus' egg". This war was significant that taught people how to fight against fire arms and told them fire arms is not almighty. Especially so after Nobunaga Army defeated Shingen's son's army by using rifles in their maximum effect. Kenshin was suggested to move ahead to Kyoto to give final damage to Nobunaga's ruling. But he did not do that. He said he did enough that time. Despite of this remarkable victory, his health was not in good shape any more, thinking from the fact he died a year later.
Kenshin's sudden death gave full advantage to Nobunaga. Nobunaga could continue to unify Japan until he himself was killed by his subordinate.
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