The Swashbuckling War Generals
Who can forget Genghis Khan, who made a mark as a ferocious conqueror between the period 1162 –1227 AD. The story of Genghis is that of survival against all odds and of meteoric passion to overcome adversities. Son of a Mongol chieftain, he saw drastic changes in fortunes, when his family, was expelled and left to die on the desolate Mongolian plains by their clan after the death of his father. The tough warrior however survived the merciless plains and again regained his status gradually first as a leader of a few outcasts like himself, then as a leader of a clan, and finally as leader of his former clan and others, and finally as king of united Mongol steppes, after overpowering and killing anyone who got in his way, wherein even the Abbasid Islamic Empire couldn’t stop them.
He invaded the Xi Xia of China, and fighting in a completely different terrain, facing stonewalls most of his people had never encountered, as well as a professional army, brought them to heels. Genghis Khan ruled the largest contiguous empire in the
world to date: The Mongol Empire, covering almost all of Asia
and some parts of Eastern Europe.
There have been many generals, who have risen to staggering
heights, but many were defeated in battle, including Hannibal,
some were replaced, a la Patton, who could not prevent their
army to loose morale, some met an equaly thunderous rival,
as in case of Alexander the Great, but the only way Genghis
was truly defeated was by his death, due to which, the Mongols
couldn’t conquer Western Europe, which would have changed
the history of the world, considering that Western Europe later
on ruled most parts. He was able to ensure that his men were
loyal, and he developed superior tactics, and was the one who
was never replaced as the head of the Mongol army.
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