By Stephen Turnbull

A super yet little-known operation, the Shimazu extended family raid at the self reliant state of Rykkyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is without doubt one of the such a lot outstanding episodes in samurai background and the end result of centuries of competition among the 2 powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their have to win want with the hot ShMgun, led them to hatch an audacious plot to assault the islands at the ShMgun's behalf and produce again the king of Rykkyu as a hostage. Stephen Turnbull supplies a blow-by-blow account of the operation, from the bold Shimazu amphibious touchdown, to their speedy improve overland, and the tactical feigned retreat that observed the Shimazu defeat the Okinawan military and kidnap their king in mind-blowing style. With a close historical past and in particular commissioned paintings, the scene is determined for a dramatic retelling of this attention-grabbing raid.

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