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    Clash of titans: Tamerlane and “the thunderbolt” at angora, 1402

    CLASH OF TITANS: TAMERLANE AND “THE THUNDERBOLT” AT ANGORA, 1402

    Temerlane v. Bayezid I.

    The Ottomans were wrecking havoc in the Balkans and Eastern Europe when the Mongols (and allies) began to push west again. This saved Europe from being crushed, and set the stage for the Battle of Angora.

    The battle began at 10 a.m. with the Ottomans advancing both their wings, supported by a cacophony of kettle drums and cymbals, as was their custom. Timur’s forces awaited their advance in silence. On the Turkish right Suleiman’s attack was met with a concentrated barrage of arrow and naphtha fire, the Timurid horsemen slinging balls of this combustible material into the Turkish ranks. Thrown into disorder, the Turks were then counter attacked by Timur’s horsemen. At this moment, the Tartars and many of the Anatolian Beys switched sides, joining Timur against their former master.
    On the opposite flank, Timur concentrated his reserves, including the elite Samarkand division and his guards, and broke the Rumeli (Balkans) division as well, except for the Serbs; who repeatedly charged through the Turco-Mongol ranks and back again, “fighting like lions” and gaining Timur’s respect. Three times they cut their way through the tightening noose of Turco-Mongol cavalry. Stefan begged the Sultan to allow him to escort him from the field, but Bayezid refused to withdraw. Finally the Serbs were cut off from the Sultan and were forced to withdraw or be destroyed.


    With both of the Turkish cavalry wings routed, Timur now advanced his center of 80 regiments (or minghan)[5] led by the armored war elephants, trumpeting loudly as they thundered forward, against the Janissaries and other Turkish infantry. Exhausted by heat and thirst, the usually steady Janissaries were overwhelmed by this assault, most perishing or being captured.
    So in a way the Europeans of the 1400s owe their freedom to the Mongols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    CLASH OF TITANS: TAMERLANE AND “THE THUNDERBOLT” AT ANGORA, 1402

    Temerlane v. Bayezid I.

    The Ottomans were wrecking havoc in the Balkans and Eastern Europe when the Mongols (and allies) began to push west again. This saved Europe from being crushed, and set the stage for the Battle of Angora.



    So in a way the Europeans of the 1400s owe their freedom to the Mongols.
    Why do you say that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Why do you say that?
    The Ottomans were winning in the Balkans. Until the Mongols drew their attention elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    The Ottomans were winning in the Balkans. Until the Mongols drew their attention elsewhere.
    The Ottomans won in the Balkans and took Constantinople 50 years after this battle. The height of Ottoman power was still a century away. A welcome respite perhaps but it hardly saved Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    The Ottomans won in the Balkans and took Constantinople 50 years after this battle. The height of Ottoman power was still a century away. A welcome respite perhaps but it hardly saved Europe.
    Perhaps, Tamerlane was gaining a lot of ground and close to opening up the belly of Europe. It is all speculation, since the Mongols stopped him.
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