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The Reign of Murad II and Renewed Ottoman Expansion

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This chapter makes an attempt to describe first the various types and numbers of troops contained in both armies, as well as the tactics which these forces employed in combat. Through this one can obtain a better understanding not only of the conflicts in question, but of the Ottoman and Hungarian armies in the fifteenth century as a whole. It is difficult to determine which adjective to pair with the armies that were raised to fight the Ottomans from 1440-1444. The most obvious choice would be "Hungarian". The course of events, including the outcome, were determined as much by politics, geography, personalities and even weather as by the numbers and composition of the actual armies. Yet by establishing gross commonalities visible in all the campaigns it is hoped that the significant differences among them can be presented in starker relief.

Keywords:gross commonalities; Hungarian; Ottoman; starker relief; tactics



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