Battle of Nagashima

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This battle came about as a result of Oda Nobunaga's determination to eliminate the monto stronghold in the marshes around Nagashima. Here, fiercely independent local warriors, villagers, and religious sectarians had been causing trouble for the Oda for some time. Nobunaga thus dispatched his generals Sakuma Nobumori and Shibata Katsuie with an army to bring the monto to bear. Unfortunately for the Oda, the defenders had fortified the already naturally difficult terrain around Nagashima, and the attacking army was stalled almost immediately. The attack quickly developed into a fiasco and was at length called off, with a number of Oda generals dead and Shibata himself badly injured.