The Story of the Mongols: How They Pulled Off Impossibility by Chichi Zhu
Once Upon a Time,There was a group of people called the Mongols.The Mongols connected theworld with theirconquests, and they started anew age of history.The Mongols were incrediblewarriors.
Some would say, the Mongols were bad people. Somewould say, their first great and ruthless leader, GenghisKhan, was a bad person.Genghis Khan lied and stole and killed many, many people, alot of the time for no reason at all. He did many badthings, but he was a good leader to his people.
In fact, Genghis Khan was very smart. All the great khansduring the Empire’s peaking years were.The Mongols were good at fighting, not just because theywere strong, but because they used good strategies.
The Mongols would trick their opponents. They sent outa small group of warriors first.These warriors would pretend to be defeated and retreat. Thepeople they were running from would continue to followthem.
When the followers got closeenough, the rest of thearmy, who would be at firsthiding, would jump outand attack them.Their enemies would besurprised and alreadytired.
The Mongol attack wouldbring them right down.This way of catching theenemy off guard is called“ambush,” and theMongols were exceptional atambushes.
When Genghis Khan tookprisoners to kill or enslavefrom the lands he defeated, heoften kept the smart ones.After “home base” wasestablished in China, thesescientists and physicists andastronomers helped theMongols.
Engineers from China and Persia designed this HUGEmachine for the Mongols. Called a siege machine, it wasbasically the tool used to break into the places they wanted to invade.
This machine was alarge catapultlauncher, to be putsimply. The Mongolswould launch stonesover the city walls, aswell as, at sometimes, plaguevictims.
Another way the Mongols won their wars was by rotatingfighters. Some men were archers, and some were lancers.
There were three rounds of rotating archers. The bows werelight and could shoot with deadly accuracy, straight tothe bull’s eye, even from hundreds of meters away.
After the archers tiredout the enemy, lancerswould come in. Lancerswould come in with theirlong, sharp spear-likeweapons and finish theenemies off.
The lances and bows and arrows were very light andsmall. This was needed because the Mongols’ favorite way ofmoving from place to place was on horseback.
The Mongols kept many horses with them. These horseswere nearly no more than ponies, comparatively small in size for battle horses.
Sometimes, in times of extremefood and water shortage, thewarriors would even slay some ofthe less hardy horses and drinktheir blood to relieve hunger andthirst.
The Mongols brought entire civilizations to theirknees, time and again, by employing these tactics. They had Russia, China, and Turkey, just to name some of the big ones.
The Mongols were ruthless fighters who hadextensive knowledge on the arts of war. It was with thesetraits that they helped shape a major chunk ofhistory.