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.