Mongols

From being a collection of constantly warring tribes on the north-western border of China, in little more than a century the Mongols managed to conquer most of the Asian landmass, holding sway from Korea, through China, right across Russia, Georgia, Iraq, Iran and Syria. At one stage they even campaigned in Hungary and Poland in preparation for an invasion! Using a combination of lightly protected mounted archers supported by more heavily armoured lance armed cavalry, they swept away all opposing armies through iron discipline and tactical flexibility, an extremely rare combination in the Medieval period.

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