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Mongolian Fighting Tactics

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The Mongols, nomads from the Steppes (north of China), were first united by Genghis Khan in 1206. Genghis Khan led the Mongols across Eurasia via innovative and effective military tactics.
  • The Mongols were oriented around extreme mobility. They carried their houses with them, drank their own horse's blood to stay alive, and could travel up to 100 miles per day.
  • The Mongols had an elaborate priority-mail-system which allowed orders to be transmitted rapidly across Eurasia.
  • Genghis Khan used combined fake retreats with accurate Manguadai Horse Archers to pick off his European enemies.
  • Genghis Khan slaughtered a few cities, in an attempt to scare all other cities to surrender without a fight. He, being a practical leader, also valued smarts more than bravery.
  • On occasion, the Mongols also used biological warfare against their enemies (most notably at Kaffa)
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Dictionary of Battles by David Chandler

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