MON­GOL WAR­RIOR

History of War - - THE TEUTONIC ORDER -

THE MON­GOLS ERUPTED FROM ASIA IN THE EARLY 13TH CEN­TURY AND CRUSHED THE TEU­TONIC KNIGHTS AT THE BAT­TLE OF LIEGNITZ IN 1241

The Mon­gol war­rior was a su­perb horse­man, skilled at us­ing the tac­tic of ‘feigned flight’ to draw an in­cau­tious en­emy out of po­si­tion to his doom. Most Mon­gols were swift-rid­ing horse archers, equipped with com­pos­ite bows of great hit­ting power and range. A smaller num­ber of Mon­gols were heavy ar­moured cav­alry armed with lances and spears. Their pres­ence com­pelled an en­emy to stay bunched to­gether, mak­ing them easy tar­gets for the more nu­mer­ous horse archers. When the en­emy had been soft­ened up suf­fi­ciently, the ar­moured cav­alry de­liv­ered a de­ci­sive charge.

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