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12/5/05 7:51 PM
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Edited: 05-Dec-05
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I watched an episode on T.V. about the Mongol invasion of Japan. It stated that the Mongols had trouble establishing a beachhead because the Samurai were better swordsman in close quarters combat once cavalry and archery were taken out of the picture, at least on a man-to-man basis. Is this a commonly held belief? If so, how much of threat was there of Japan invading the Mongol empire and taking it over?
12/11/05 1:57 AM
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Edited: 11-Dec-05
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The vast majority of troops from both Mongol invasion fleets were Chinese and Korean, who had been conquered recently themselves. Only a small hard-core were actual Mongols. It's true that the Japanese generally had the edge in HTH combat, though there are references to Japanese swords being unable to pierce the thick felt-and-leather coats of the invaders (something the Brits would experience hundreds of years later, when fighting the Russians during the Crimean War). However, it was also acknowledged by the Japanese that the Mongols were superior in archery. So each side had its strengths and weaknesses.
1/27/06 11:48 PM
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Edited: 27-Jan-06 11:57 PM
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