Oda Nobunaga


Oda Nobunaga was the foremost military leader of Japan from 1568 to 1582. Nobunaga, along with his two immediate successors, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), is credited with unifying medieval Japan in the second half of the 16th century. An innovative general who also used diplomacy as well as superior military tactics and weapons to see off his rivals, the warlord was infamous for his ruthless drive to conquer all before him.

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  • 1534
    Oda Nobunaga is born in Owari Province, Japan.
  • 1549
    Oda Nobunaga adds a specialist corps of 500 musketeers to his army.
  • 1551
    Oda Nobunaga becomes the lord of Nagoya castle, Japan.
  • 1554
    Oda Nobunaga captures Muraki castle after a siege.
  • 1555
    Oda Nobunaga razes the town of Kiyosu, Japan.
  • 1557
    Oda Nobunaga murders his own brother.
  • 1559
    Oda Nobunaga captures and obliterates the fortress of Iwakura, Japan.
  • 1560
    Oda Nobunaga defeats the warlord of Mikawa, Imagawa Yoshimoto, at the Battle of Okehazama.
  • 1568 - 1582
    Oda Nobunaga seizes Heiankyo (Kyoto) and is the dominant military leader in central Japan.
  • 1571
    Oda Nobunaga attacks the Buddhist Enryakuji monastic complex near Kyoto.
  • 1573
    Oda Nobunaga exiles the last Ashikaga shogun, Yoshiaki.
  • 1575
    Oda Nobunaga wins the Battle of Nagashino.
  • 1576
    Oda Nobunaga instigates a 'sword hunt' to confiscate all weapons from the Japanese peasantry.
  • 1579
    Oda Nobunaga establishes a new headquarters at Azuchi castle.
  • 1580
    Oda Nobunaga attacks the Buddhist temple-fortress of Ishiyama Honganji in Osaka using ship-mounted cannons.
  • 1582 - 1598
    Oda Nobunaga and his successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi conduct an extensive land ownership survey across Japan.
  • 21 Jun 1582
    Death of Oda Nobunaga.