The Impact of Firearms on Japanese Warfare, 1543–98

  title={The Impact of Firearms on Japanese Warfare, 1543–98},
  author={Delmer M. Brown},
  journal={The Far Eastern Quarterly},
  pages={236 - 253}
The characteristic feature of Japanese warfare, prior to the introduction of firearms in 1543, was the use of swords and spears in hand-to-hand fighting. Armies were made up of small, independent bands of soldiers who fought more as individuals than as units of a tactical formation, and naval units consisted of fishing vessels that were commandeered for transporting armies within bow-range or sword-reach of the enemy. Thus, all battles, whether on land or at sea, were little more than “monster… 

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