Sanada Nobutsuna

Sanada Nobutsuna (真田 信綱, 1537 – June 29, 1575) was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period. He is known as one of the "Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda Shingen".[1]

Sanada Nobutsuna
真田 信綱
Head of Sanada clan
In office
Preceded bySanada Yukitaka
Succeeded bySanada Masayuki
Personal details
DiedJune 29, 1575(1575-06-29) (aged 37–38)
Battle of Nagashino
FatherSanada Yukitaka
RelativesSanada Masateru (brother)
Sanada Masayuki (brother)
Sanada Nobuyuki (nephew and son-in-law)
Sanada Yukimura (nephew)
Military service
AllegianceTakeda mon.svg Takeda clan
UnitJapanese Crest rokumonsen.svg Sanada clan
Battles/warsSiege of Toishi
Battle of Nagashino

He was born in Matsuo castle and was the eldest son of Sanada Yukitaka, a castle lord in Shinano Province, who by the time of his son's coming-of-age, had pledged his loyalty to the Takeda. During his coming-of-age ceremony, therefore, Sanada Nobutsuna was granted the shin (信) character from Takeda Shingen's name and took the name of Nobutsuna (信綱).

Nobutsuna's first military campaign is believed to have been around the time of the Siege of Toishi.[attribution needed] During the Battle of Nagashino in 1575, Nobutsuna was killed in combat.[2]

After Nobutsuna's death his younger brother, Masayuki took the clan leadership. Nobutsuna's daughter Seiin-in was Sanada Nobuyuki (Masayuki's elder son)'s first wife. Later she was degraded as a concubine. A nephew of his, Sanada Yukimura (Nobushige) became one of the most famous samurai of this period.[attribution needed]


  1. ^ Internet Movie Database (IMDb), "Shingen Takeda (Character) from Kagemusha (1980); retrieved 2013-5-17.
  2. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1987). Battles of the Samurai. London: Arms and Armour Press. p. 91. ISBN 9780853688266.

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