So titled because three battles are sharing a post this week…
Monday (27th) was the anniversary of the Battle of Langensalza in 1866, between the Hanoverians and Prussians …Technically the Hanoverian army won, however they were significantly out numbered and so ended up surrendering. Read more (including pictures of the positions on the mighty wikipedia)
If you would like to read more about Langensalza, for skirmish purposes or just curiosity there’s a few books that might be of use.
Today, the 29th, sees the 567th anniversary (admittedly not as catchy an integer as some other anniversaries) of the Battle of Torvioll. No that’s Torvioll, not Torvill, no ice skates in this one, but plenty of Ottomans. Whether or not they would have been Ravel fans had they lived the extra 484 years to hear it, is sadly not accounted for in history. However, what is accounted for is that the Albanians summarily kicked Ottoman bum. The battle, which led to a couple of decades of war between the two afterward, began with Ottoman Captain Skanderbeg, an Albanian, deciding he was going to leave his Ottoman command to lead an Albanian rebellion against his former employer. Now, a wise boss knows that when your disgruntled employee stomps off to the competitors its more than the door code to the office that you need to change, unfortunately for Murad II and commanding officer Ali Pasha (or rather unfortunately for his troops) Skanderbeg expected every move and 22,000 Ottomans died, and a further 2,000 were captured. Of a 25,000 initial force. And in an excuse that should probably be listed along with the “dog ate my homework” and “the buses just kept going past me” Ali Pasha told the Sultan it was not his fault there were twenty thousand dead people and a bunch of victorious Albanians, it was “fortunes of war”. Of course the Ottoman empire was generally one of the most successful military powers and you can read more on their battles and power wieding.
And the final battle anniversary for this week is tomorrow, the Battle of Chinhat. Yes this week we’re going for the most absurd sounding battle locales. The battle was part of the 1857 War of Independence/ Indian Rebellion/Indian Mutiny/Revolt* (delete name as appropriate to personal historical perspective). The battle saw British East India company forces fighting with an army that was a mere 10% of the Indian’s 6,000, and unsurprisingly they lost, with most of their number dead. The rebellion/revolt/fight itself went on for nearly two years in total, but it successfully removed the East India Company’s control, if not that of the colonial powers as a whole. And if you’d like some more Indian history for the nineteenth century there’s no shortage of books.