Editor says, what if the Magyars won the Battle of Augsburg? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality, Conrad joined the forces of Otto I, despite their history, and proved instrumental in the battle, especially in morale. While Conrad held the rear against Magyar counterattack, Otto led a disciplined and organized march in pursuit of the Huns, slaughtering as he went. The Magyar broke and fled, which caused local militias to rise up against them. Few Magyars survived; many of those that did were punished with cut off ears and noses as a sign of defeat. Thus King Otto the Great won the battle of Lechfeld, the field outside of Augsburg used in Austrian nomenclature for the battle.
Otto went on to establish the Holy Roman Empire, which unified central Europe and gave great power to Rome, especially in service during the Crusades. The Hungarians, meanwhile, would settle in eastern Europe and eventually be absorbed into the Austrian Empire after years of battle back and forth with the Ottomans. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.