Post by Hachiman Taro on Dec 27, 2004 20:14:45 GMT -5
I believe they cut both the ears and nose and made a mound out of it. But I thought it was the Korean peasant civilians from villages that they raided not the Ming chinese troops they had cut. I would think they would’ve cut the heads of enemy troops.
I've read two versions of the story: one in a Korean history book and one in a Japanese history book. Both versions say it was Ming and Korean troops who were slaughtered. The more extended account I've read sets it up like this: Hideyoshi was p.o'd that Konishi had decided he couldn't defend a long front and instead concentrated his troops around Pusan. Hideyoshi, in a fit of anger that was all too characteristic of him in his latter years, yanked half of the troops out of Korea and essentially left 60000 troops holding this one besieged strongpoint. Apparently most of the troops were Shimazu troops. These troops were under heavy siege, but instead of being defeated counterattacked with great vigor and thoroughly defeated the besiegers (summer 1598)---and it was those he defeated whose ears were sent back.