(From Soke’s book Ninpo Taizen) For parts 1 through 20 please see my previous blog posts in the translations section. Enjoy!
When the shinobi commander attacks, we move near the target. (Observe the) Target’s movements.
Looking at the terrain, etc., make plentiful preparations at one or more places (in the area). Understood? For this, keep in mind the following points:
Case the target of attack and its immediate vicinity. And look for the best place to attack.
Stay alert and undetected against enemies above, inside and below. (Find) a good place to prevent the enemy from being able to attack you.
When setting up 3 or 4 retreat points, be sure that all of them can be contacted immediately. (Consider) the location.
A good place to hide things, rations, and numerous people.
A good place to receive support from allies. Also, a good place to live (while in hiding)
When attacking the enemy, it is to your advantage to designate a specific location for the duration of the attack. However, if the enemy makes a move to know (your capability, etc.), it’s best to decide on a second or third location.
But when you move to those points, (and meet up with) your allies, there are times of betrayal, so be especially aware of this when you move. Understood?
When performing shinobi activities behind enemy lines, and repeatedly attack the enemy, be very, very cautious of the following
Do not make the same moves.
Food, weapons, and personnel. And so on. Betrayals by the people of the enemy territory. Movements of the target of our attack. The weather. The sum of the allied shinobi groups. Liaisons with allies.
If the essence of a successful attack is a well prepared one, then always watch out for the enemy’s movements, know the enemy’s movements (ahead of time), and when our allies attack standby with equipment and personnel. It is good to make plans and preparations for those times, take advantage of the gaps in the enemy’s movement, and go into action immediately.
The attack target is to be determined by the movements of the General, depending on the laxity and lightness (of defense) of the target and the number of enemies to be executed. Consider the order (of the attack), etc., what the enemy finds most distressing, or its weak points. There are two kinds of targets: those that do not move and those that do. Watch for your opportunity and with this in mind, attack.
- 敵の本隊(本陣) (大将。口口口台。物見組)敵の連絡口。重要なる武器。重要なる戦いの品物。(火薬。小場。渡河に利用の品。船。後方より来る色々の品物の置場。兵。
The enemy’s main forces (main camp) (The General. XXXXX. Scouts) Enemy communication XXX. Important weapons. Important battle goods. Gunpowder. Equipment used for river crossing. Boats. A place to store various goods coming from behind (up the supply chain). Soldiers.
Once the target of attack has been determined, the shinobi commander will quickly gather the information on the enemy’s movements that are needed for the shinobi activities. It (sets the) plan of attack, the points of attack, especially the means of attack, the extent of the attack, the movements after the attack. Concealment of the plan. Contact. Rations. Supplies. After an attack, check the results and use them as a reference for future attacks.
Once the attack has been decided, set the designated locations of the members of the unit, and make your moves as per orders of the General. Gather the number of men in your group and obtain the things needed for the shinobi attack. Make use of the items available. (Know) the type of target and its condition. The topography of the action site and other factors should be taken into account to ensure the success of the attack. The emphasis is on the use of members of the unit. Understood?
If the shinobi and their movements are to be useful to the General in secrecy, the methods of attack should be quick and nimble, and must be kept secret from the local people. It is good to distribute the members of the unit (over an area). However, if the shinobi are auxiliary to the main forces, their movements can provide a great victory for us. In ways unthought of. Understood?
If the shinobi commander receives an order to attack from the General, he should tell his unit about it before the end of the day if there is time and quickly make preparations. Understood?
Organize (the information) of the enemy’s territory, especially the routes in and out. We will determine our movements and obtain the things we need. It is good, if there is time, for all the members of the shinobi unit go over the (planned) movements two or three times.
When possible, the shinobi commander should take the men involved in the mission on a pre-attack check along the planned clandestine routes and place their shinobi equipment in several (hidden) spots. The best thing you can do is to hide your food, weapons, and medicines near the target. At these times, the most important thing is not let the enemy discovery our actions. Understood? (Keep in mind) Rain and humidity. Remember that food can go bad. OK?
When the day the General’s orders do come, carefully observe our group’s movements and the movements of the enemy, as well as the movements of the shinobi, then carefully consider the actions to come. In order to execute the General’s orders in time, use the men in the group to confuse the enemy’s shinobi. Understood?
The shinobi commander obtains the covert entry equipment. Once he has it he ensures all the members of the team are ready and are vigilant in all directions while proceeding in secret along the predetermined route, stealthily head towards the mission’s objective.
If you get close to the goal, strongly XXX the topography to avoid the search alerts. Make good use of the night, the weather, etc. If you pull off the deception and disguises, you will be able to stealthily creep from one district to another. OK?
During times of stealth, nag the enemy with your movements. Also, when passing through dwelling areas in the land of enemy and their vicinity, a small number of allies should execute the shinobi activities. In this case, the meeting place and the means of communication with the main group or members of the group should be decided every other day. Understood?
Yet, if an ally unfortunately gets captured, if you have time to discuss these things, it would be good to do so.
When a member of an allied shinobi group attacks the enemy, sneak into a suitable place near the target, the goal is to find stealthy locations from which to look for opportunities to attack. The terrain. When a shinobi attacks, think carefully about the movements of the allies, and get as close to the goal as possible, consider that the ally’s movements may be detected by the enemy. Places that allies can easily sneak into are best.
Sean Askew – 導冬 – Doto
Bujinkan Kokusai Renkoumyo
November 19th, 2020