- Jul 2012
This is actually doubtable....Mongol incursions were swift and brutal, this is enough reason not to have "subjects" within their armies instead of their regular army....Doubtful- Mongols by Ain Jalut were very few and majority of their armies were subject peoples without the extreme discipline of the earlier Mongol armies. For their era it was still strong army but not the equal of earlier armies. Also the supply lines were stretched and much of the Mongol army turned away due to death of the Great Khan before the battle which was still long and Mameluks hard pressed to win. Only a Mongol rearguard was left to keep gains of the Mongol invasion which had sacked Baghdad and Mameluks invaded once they knew they faced smaller force. The actual battle was very fierce but Mongols lost, another Mongol invasion was planned but feuding broke out between Mongol khanates which basically meant the end of the greater Mongol Empire though the various hordes remained powerful for another century they had other concerns and Mameluks were able to exploit that as well gain great prestige in Islamic world by finally kicking out remaining Crusaders after having defeated Mongols which was a first. In fact Mameluks had few challengers militarily for awhile due to their victories until Ottomans finally tested them and found easier than expected victories.