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The teutonic order’s mercenaries during the ‘Great War’ with Poland-Lithuania (1409–11)

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As diplomatic negotiations between the Teutonic Order and Poland in June and July 1409 ended without any positive result, Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen decided to declare war and undertake a surprise attack on Poland. The battle of Tannenberg had changed the political constellation in east central Europe, considerably diminished the might of Prussia and opened the way for Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to play a central role in this part of Europe until the end of the 18th century. As soon as the border of Poland had been passed, that problem was solved to a considerable extent, because then the troops could provide for themselves at the costs of the enemy. For such reasons, all campaigns during the ?Great War? 1409?11 took place in summer or autumn, when grass and grain were available in the fields or barns.

Keywords: Great War; Lithuania; Mercenaries; mercenary; Poland



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