Originally posted by TomasCTT:
All posts interesting reading.
If Caesar met Alexander the Great in battle, who would've won, with both forces at their apex at their life times (i.e. Caesar's army during his height, vs. Alexander's army during his height)?
Was the Roman Army a purely infantry force, with cavalry from the mercenaries? Or did they also have their own Roman Roman cavalry - only that having mercenary cavalry was a better use of denarii?
And how about Mongols vs Crusading knights? Who slaughters who?
We actually know who wins in Mongols vs Knights:
The relatively small armies of Gengis Khan (never more than 150,000 men in total) cut a swathe through the armies of Russian, Eastern Europe and Central Europe. They leant seigecraft, and employed captured / hired sappers and engineers to capture European (and Chinese) fortifications.
In the battle of Sajo River where 100,000 Hungarian fighters were defeated by a smaller number of Mongols.
Subadai launched the battle of Mohi during the night of 10-11 Apri11241, only one day after his compatriots had won the great battle of Leignitz. One division crossed the river in secret to advance on the Hungarian camp from the south-east. The main body began to cross the Sajo by the bridge at Mohi. This met with some resistance, so catapults were used to clear the opposite bank. When the crossing was completed the other contingent attacked at the same time. The result was panic, and to ensure that the Hungarians did not fight desperately to the last man the Mongols left an obvious gap in their encirclement. As they had planned, the fleeing Hungarians poured through this opened trap which led to a swampy area. When the Hungarian knights split up, the light Mongol archers picked them off at will and it was later noted that corpses littered the countryside for the space of a two days' journey. Two archbishops and three bishops were killed at the Sajo. By late 1241 Subadai was discussing plans to invade Austria, Italy and Germany, when the news came of the death of Ogodei Khan, and the Mongols withdrew.
With his return to Mongolia Subadai's name disappears from history. Perhaps he retired from active service, because we know he was dead by 1248. He remains one of Genghis Khan's most celebrated generals, and there is a statue of him in Ulan Bator, honouring a fine soldier and a loyal and honourable follower of the Mongol Khans.