This is the second part in our series on “Who were the “Chinese Ninja”. In this episode we explore the Ye Bu Shou 夜不收 – an elite night operations unit of the Ming military.
The Ji Xiao Xin Shu is a military manual by the great Ming dynasty general Qi Jiguang 戚繼光. Its primary significance is in advocating for a combined arms approach to warfare using five types of infantry and two types of […]
The inscription in the above picture was chiselled into the stone on the Great Wall in Liaoning province, China. The Ye Bu Shou were so respected for their brave, selfless sacrifice that someone felt it necessary to leave it in […]
The Wu Bei Zhi 武備志 is one of the most significant of Chinese Military Treatises. In this voluminous work of the Ming period, we find the elite night forces of the Ye Bu Shou 夜不收 mentioned a total of eight […]
Although relatively unheard of due to the nature of their duty, Jian Er Shou 尖兒手, lit. ‘Sharp hands’ and Ye Bu Shou 夜不收, lit. ‘Unreceived by night’ or ‘Unsheltered by night’ [we prefer “unrestrained by night” as a translation by […]