The Mongol invasion of Europe in the 13th century was the conquest of Europe by the Mongol among fragmented Poland, such as the Battle of Legnica (9 April ) and in the Battle of Mohi (11 April ) in the Kingdom of Hungary. Battle of Legnica, (9 April ). Mongol raiders in Poland defeated a European army containing much-feted Christian knights from the military orders of the. The double-envelopment, or pincer movement, is such a tried and true military tactic that the guy who literally wrote the book on war, Sun Tzu.

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Da Capo Press; 3rd printing edition July 21, Nevertheless the most possible theory is that the Teutons a least as separate unit never participated in the battle of Legnica While the Mongols had suffered higher than normal casualties themselves, the Hungarians had lost almost their entire force.

The Mongol invasion had bogged down into a series of costly and frustrating sieges, where they gained little loot and ran into stiff resistance. But then this is only a rough estimate of the potential number. Ogdai Khan continued this stupendous career of conquests.

After being joined by Kaidu, Batu only expectations that winter was the freezes of the Danube in order to resume the campaign. Mongol invasion of Hungary. The defenders refuse, telling them that they have several other dukes, sons of good duke Henry, besides Henry. In and Tsar Ivailo lead the Bulgarian army and crushed the Mongol raids before being surrounded at Silistra.

The new gathering of chiefs was the beginning of a new, massive expansionary phase, with the offensive planning along four major lines: The Tatars attack fiercely, but the Poles refuse to retreat, and for a while honours are even.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Orda, still concerned about facing a Bohemian army that on its own outnumbered his small force, opted to leave Poland after the battle.

The information from Historia Tartarorum is fully trustworthy since it was collected directly from Mongols participants of the battle legmica a few years later. Bati [sic], however, drawing his sword, withstood them face to face saying: This is somewhat consistent with the Yuan Shi’s version kegnica the events, where the Mongols nearly retreated from Hungary partway through the battle, cautious of the enemy’s lenica, but in that version it was Subutai who ultimately got them to stay, not Batu.


The Hungarians had long since forgotten the light-cavalry strategy lgnica tactics of their ancestors, which were similar to those now used by the Mongols. A fourth force of 20, commanded by Princes Kadan and Baidar, was to be sent into Poland with the aim of destroying opposition there before sweeping southward to reunite with the main force.

According to Chambers’ description of the battle, the Silesian cavalry initiated combat with the vanguard mangudai of the Mongol army. Orda’s forces devastated northern Poland and the southwestern border of Lithuania. If we add to this another 40, from smaller towns and from the various Turkic allies in the Principality of Kiev, then the total coincides with theestimated by S.

The Battle of Liegnitz (Legnica), – All Empires

The Lgnica of the West: But in Juneended his campaign in a bubble so Pope Gregory IX took Henry II the pious under his protection officially appointing him successor to his father. CS1 German-language sources letnica CS1 Czech-language sources cs Articles with Polish-language external links Articles containing German-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November CS1 Polish-language sources pl. Still, tens of thousands avoided Mongol domination by taking refuge behind the walls of the few existing fortresses or by hiding in the forests or large marshes along the rivers.

Also, despite the steppe tactics of the Avars and early Hungarians, both were defeated by Western states in the 9th and 10th centuries. Batu appeared in Kievan Rus’ insacking Pereiaslav and Chernihiv. Because of the losses suffered and the size of the surviving Hungarian force, Batu suggested a withdrawal. Meanwhile, the Mongols had destroyed several other Hungarian forces that were unable to link up with the main army in time.

The main army led by Khan Batu and Subutai attacked Hungary through the fortified Verecke Pass and annihilated the army led by Denis Tomajthe count palatine on 12 Marchwhile the final army under Batu’s brother Shiban marched in an arc north of the main force. When Prince Henry sees what is happening, he laments aloud, but brings up his fourth rank, which contains the best of his troops and with them is on the point of overcoming the Tatars, when a fourth and even larger Tatar force under Batu comes up and fighting is resumed.


Prince Henry does not desert his men.

That climate, as well as its large number of castles and the consequent emphasis on siege warfare, made Europe tough country for the Mongols to conquer moving forward.

The major objective was not the conquest but the capture of the Arpad king. European accounts vary as to Mongol numbers—some suggest more than lgenica, at Legnica alone.

Mongol invasion of Europe

It is more leginca that their original plan was to ambush the Hungarians while crossing the river, as in the Battle of the Kalka Riveralthough this lfgnica still not certain. Golden Horde raid at Kozelsk. Both men were grandsons of Genghis Khan ; their conquests integrated much European territory to the empire of the Golden Horde.

The Mongols invaded Europe with three armies. Though effective against traditional Nomadic armies, the Hungarian camp became a liability due to the Mongols’ advanced siege equipment.

However, the Mongols possessed specialized units who cleared the paths with great rapidity, removing the obstacles in just 3 days. Then, impaling Prince Henry’s head on a long lance, they approach the castle at Legnica for the town has already been burned for fear of the Tatars and display it for those inside to see, calling upon them through an interpreter to open the gates.

Part of the Mongol invasion of Poland. The Mongols saw Hungary as a rival, and the Cuman migration to Hungary as a casus belli. After their victory, the Mongols did not pause to loot and instead ruthlessly pursued the remainder of the Hungarian army.

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The Mongols often bypassed strong points and devastated the nearby agricultural fields and irrigation systems, which later led to a mass starvation. Batu sent a small detachment to probe the Poles before passing on to Central Europe. But Asia too was marching against the West.