High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Yamagata Masakage (1524-1575) was one of the 24 generals of the Takeda clan. HE was famous for his red armour and skill in battlefield, and was a personal friend of Takeda Shingen. HE was the younger brother of Obu Toramasa who was also a retainer of Shingen leading the famous "red fire unit" (derived from Shingen's slogan F rinkazan). AFter his brother committed Seppuku as a cover for Takeda Yoshinobu's failed rebellion, Masakage took the red fire unit title and outfitted his cavalry in bright red armor. IT was said that his cavalry would always charge first in battle; sowing confusion and panic in the enemy ranks. YAmagata was a fierce warrior who fought in many battles and was given a fief in Shinano. HE was present at the Battle of Mimasetoge in 1569 and captured Yoshida Castle, a Tokugawa possession, during the Mikatagahara Campaign (1572-73) and was present for the following Battle of Mikatagahara. HIs last campaign was in the ill fated Battle of Nagashino in 1575 where he was shot down on horse while charging together with his famous red fire unit. ALl of them died together with him.