There minds were set on these
• pit your strengths against your
• out maneuver your opponent
• no humiliation in retreat; they could
than ambush the enemy
• inflated stories of their battlefield
prowess to intimidate their
• never lose sight of the overall
The commander of a group was in lines with the troops, not
on the side lines like that of many other cultures. The
Mongols, also, signaled with banners when the plan was to
They had many tactics! The Moving Bush, the Lake
formation, and the Falling Stars are just a few of the
The Moving Bush is a series of repeated small
skirmishes intermittantly at different fringes to draw
opponents into a more strung out formation.
Lake formation was successive waves along an
enemy’s front. Each line (wave) attacks and withdraws,
filtering through the next wave on its attack.
Falling stars were small units that attack the enemy at all
sides, simultanously, so that no part of the opponents
army could reinforce another.
The Mongols favored the sabre as their weapon. Their
weapon had lasting effects and influenced a lot of other
weapons, such as the Arabian saif and the European
Another favorite weapon among the Mongols was the
bow and arrow. Used for many different reason, from
hunting to in battle.
Even after his death, Genghis Khan’s empire survived
through his progeny who succeeded him by maintaining and
extending his power and territories.
By 1241, Genghis Khan’s grandson, Batu, had overrun
the Russian Provinces, subdued eastern Europe, and
reached the coastline of Croatia.
In 1258, Baghdad had fallen due to another grandson
of Genghis, Hülegü, who firmly established himself in
The fall of the Mongols came in the 1270’s with Qubilai
QaDan. In 1279, Qubilai QaDan declared himself the
emperor of a united China.