GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #50 Alliances and Preparation for Open War

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After the battle, it became a political game. Both Vang Khan and I started making trips to visit various clan leaders. The object was to get them involved in an alliance with one side or another.

 

Most of my visits were to the Tartar clans. I had many relatives there and was surely to get them to come to my side.

 

There was one clan that I was not too sure of. The leader of that clan was named Turkili. I thought it best to send an ambassador to Turkili before approaching his camp. There were two reasons for this. First, I did not want Turkili to think I was attacking his camp. The second was that I knew Turkili would question the ambassador as to how many troops I had with me. The ambassador was sure to tell him the truth; “Thousands.!”

 

So Turkili invited me to visit him. I left my troops at a distance but still within range of where I knew Turkili would send scouts to verify the number of troops I had. Turkili and I had a nice discussion after which Turkili decided to give me his alliance.

 

This scenario repeated itself across the Tartar territory. The number of troops at my disposal grew with each visit. The Tartar Hordes were on my side and espoused my cause.

 

Eventually we came to a small stream that was very salty and undrinkable. I called the generals together and I made a sacrifice of a horse for the cause. I then took a cup of the salty water and drank it while proclaiming victory for our cause. I proclaimed this victory with my life and said that if I failed to live up to this proclamation that I would take my own life.

 

All the generals followed me by restating the oath proclaiming their own lives as worthy of the cause.

 

This committment was long remembered in my future army and is still celebrated.

 

I was 40 years old and at the height of my power in the Tartars. All the generals and their troops wanted to be associated with me knowing that they were the first to join my army. This would give each of them and their descendants a sort of nobility; if we succeeded on conquering Vang Khan’s territory.

 

By this time I was approaching Vang Khans territory in which he had established alliances.

 

It was time for me to communicate my cause to Vang Khan.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #49 The Battle

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As the first troops of Yemuka and Sankum arrived at our hiding place we charged them.

 

The surprise was enough to make them scatter in all directions. We remained as a tight unit and attacked the largest groups first. Then we started whittling down the smaller groups.

 

The shock of the encounter had a tremendously ill effect on our enemies. Vast numbers were killed. The confusion ended in bedlam with many of our enemies thrown from their horses and trampled underfoot.

 

Those who still lived turned and headed back to Karakorom.

 

Sankum took an arrow to the face but managed to stay upon his horse and escape.

 

I have no idea what happened to Yemuka.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #48 Yemuka and Sankum’s Attack On My Camp

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Yemuka and Sankum brought their troops as close to my camp as they could, believing that they could not be seen in the darkness. One of them gave a signal to set their arrow notches in the string of their bows. A second signal allowed the archers to fire a cloud of arrows into the camp and yurts.

 

Nothing happened.

 

Another set of signals sent a second cloud of arrows into the camp.

 

Still nothing!

 

Finally, being quite astonished and still not getting any wiser, Yemuka’s and Sankum’s troops cautiously entered the camp. They soon realized that the camp was empty. Someone gave the order to determine if any horse tracks could be seen. They hoped to find my escape route and attack me from behind.

 

Several trips around the campsite were required before our horse’s hoofprints could be found in the darkness.

 

Several of Yemuka’s and Sankum’s troops took off in the direction of the hoofprints while others were still circling the camp, unaware that our hoofprints had been found. In this manner the enemy troops were disorganized and could not form a strong unit.

 

Eventually some of the enemy came together but it was an insufficient number. They thought that they would come up behind my troops as we were fleeing. Little did they realize that we were organized and ready for the battle.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #47 1202 AD:  My Ambush Preperations

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It was in the year of your lord 1202 that Vang Khan decided that I was becoming too powerful. He planned to ambush my camp at night and kill me.

 

However, I sent all the women and children away and had all the goods of our camp removed to a distant site. I then left a small contingency of men to keep the campfires going so that Vang Khan’s troops would think we were still in the camp and asleep.

 

Next, I selected a small canyon in the mountains as my hiding place. All of my remaining troops were sequestered in this canyon. It had a small babbling brook running through it and trees at both ends of the canyon. The trees would obscure us from sight and the brook would drown out any accidental noises made by my troops and horses.

 

Even better – – – one end of the canyon looked out upon the path that Vang Khan’s troops would have to pass.

 

My ambush, like a trap, was set to be sprung.

 

No sooner had my troops and their horses settled in place – – – when Vang Khan’s troops approached.

 

But wait – – – Vang Khan was not to be seen! Instead, Yemuka and Sankum were at the head of the small army.

 

YEMUKA

Sankum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apparently, it was these two ignoramuses who had talked Vang Khan into attacking my camp. They were surely pleased to find themselves at my camp and ready to destroy me once and for all.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #46    Badu and Kishlik

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The two slaves who had heard Vang Khan making plans to kill me decided to take action.

Their names were Badu and Kishlik.

They set out on the same night that they had heard of Vang Khan’s evil plan.

They stole away at night and headed for my camp. After riding all night they reached my camp by daybreak and told me of the plan to assassinate me and my Intrepid Generals.

I was stunned by the news although I had an inkling of what was about to take place.

Immediately I summoned Karasher and my four generals for a consultation on what may be the best plan on combatting Vang Khan’s troops.


 

 

 

 

A strategy was formed.

I would take the majority of my troops and hide them. This would give me a chance to ambush Vang Khan’s troops at the same time that they thought that they were ambushing me at night.

I left several troops behind to keep the campfires lit and a few horses whinnying to make my camp seem as though it was fully populated.

I knew that Vang Khan’s forces would have many more troops than I had at my disposal – – – however – – – the reverse ambush would certainly surprise them and create confusion.

In this way I hoped they would be put to flight.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #45    Will Genghis Khan Survive?

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I had many friends and loyal followers in Karakorom.

 

I needed them in order to determine what Vang Khan had in mind for me.

 

Two slaves took care of the horses and falcons owned by Vang Khan. One day they heard Vang Khan tell one of his wives about the plan to kill me. The following was his assumption and plan.

 

Because I had evaded the trap he set for me regarding the double marriage of our sons and daughters, Vang Khan had rightly assumed that there was treachery in his own court. Vang Khan had no choice but to assemble an army much larger than what I had assembled at my camp. He also planned on attacking my camp at night while we were unprepared.

 

His plan also included killing me and my four Intrepid Generals – – – amongst others.

 

Vang Khan planned to set out on his expedition the very next morning.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #44   Genghis Reaches the Ocean

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Happy Easter to those who celebrate, happy spring time to those who don’t.

Or as Prester John would say;

тэмдэглэх хүмүүст Аз жаргалтай Улаан өндөгний.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #43   Vang Khan’s Treachery

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While Menglik was searching for me Vang Khan continued with his plans to kill me.

 

He sent an ambassador to inform me that it was time for the double marriage of our children that we had agreed to earlier. I believed that Vang Khan was showing his faith in me. Little did I realize what the true meaning of this invitation was for.

 

Luckily Menglik found me as I was on my way to Karakorom for the wedding celebration. I had a large contingent of troops with me but not enough to handle the job at hand.

 

I sent a scout to find Vang Khan’s ambassador in order to call him back. The ambassador returned and I informed him that there was an important battle to be fought. I told him to return to Vang Khan and tell him that I would be delayed and would return to Karakorom as soon as the battle was won.

 

I returned to my main camp where my four Intrepid Generals were. Each of them controlled a division of troops.

 

Karasher, who had been at my side ever since I left Karakorom, was also at my main camp.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #42    My Regent “Once Known as Menglik”

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Vang Khan decided that he should, as his first step, get my Regent Menglik on his side. Vang Khan sent an emissary to talk about this proposal with Menglik.

 

Menglik was informed that he had nothing to lose and everything to gain if he would join Vang Khan in disposing of me. It wouldn’t be bad if Vang Khan had just exiled me from his territory – – – but no – – – he wished to put me to death.

 

Menglik wasn’t about to be included in this plan. He immediately departed and searched for  my current camp. He wished to inform me of Vang Khan’s plans.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #41    Tense Times Between Vang Khan and I

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My sorties into the field were meant to keep Vang Khan safe and also to convince him of my worth. However, after each danger was removed, Vang Khan allowed Yemuka and Sankum to enter his court and listened to their lies.

 

They insisted that I was only waiting for the proper moment to take over his territory and his court. Many of these lies were doubtlessly true. However, they were greatly exaggerated and this made Vang Khan determined to put me in my place.

 

I was not about to go quietly!

 

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