As a vassal of the khan of Kereity, a powerful Mongol tribe, Temüdjin initially developed into a famous general. In the spring of 1206 he was elected Khan - the supreme ruler of the Mongols. "Genghis Khan" means "right world ruler" or "ocean-like ruler". In the following years, the new man in power successfully led his more than 100, 000 soldiers against China, the richest country in Asia.
Two things made the Mongolian fighters superior to all opponents: their weapons and their horses. The reflex arcs of mulberry and elm turned the arrows of camel bones into piercing weapons. Each warrior's equipment also included a shield, scimitar, spear, and armor.
The Przewalski horses, which had been ridden by the Mongols, were also protected by a five-piece leather tank. In 25 days, so investigations have shown, the animals could travel 1800 kilometers. Their stamina and contentment made them as legendary as their riders. They sat during a fight not in the saddle, but stood on tiptoe in the round stirrups. This allowed them to turn in all directions as fast as lightning and were able to aim for the right while still looking to the left, or to shoot backwards at full speed - an often decisive advantage. display
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