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Historic commander who never quite fired a weapon? (6)


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'historic commander' is the definition.
'shogun' can be an answer for 'commander' (I've seen this before). I am not sure about the 'historic' bit.

'never quite fired a weapon?' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'weapon?' could be 'gun' (gun is a kind of weapon) and 'gun' is found within the answer.
The remaining letters 'sho' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'who' is the link.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for shogun that I've seen before include "Feudal Japanese leader" , "Hereditary military dictator of Japan until 1868" , "Japanese military dictator" , "Hereditary Japanese military governor" , "Leader in feudal Japan" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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