26THE SIEGE OF HARA CASTLETHE SHIMABARA REBELLION (1638)
THE SILENT KILLERS
Secret operations are essential in war; upon themthe army relies to make its every move.—SUN TZU
In the autumn of 1637, Christian peasants in the Shimabara Peninsula and the Amakusa Islands of Japan rose in revolt against the horrible cruelty and tyranny of the local daimyo, Lord Matsukura Shigemasa. All local attempts to end the uprising failed. The rebellion eventually attracted the attention of the Tokugawa Shogunate at Edo, which sent an army to quell the unrest. More than 30,000 rebels, with a force of mercenary ronin (masterless Samurai), holed up in the dilapidated ...