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Editor says, what if Dmitry of the Don had fallen? 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 Generals thread.
In 1380, on this day the unstopppable advance of the Tatar-Mongol Golden Horde continued at the Battle of Kulikovo Field with the defeat of combined Russian armies under the command of Dmitry of the Don.
Dmitry of the Don falls at the Battle of Kulikovo
The battle was opened by a single combat of two champions and and inauspiciously for the Russians their man (Alexander Peresvet, a monk from the Trinity Abbey) was killed and fell from his saddle. He was soon followed by Dmitry who had exchanged his armor with young Moscow boyarin Mikhail Brenok, in order to pretend to be an ordinary knight. Brenok was to imitate the Prince himself, bearing his banner and wearing his armor. However the trick was unsuccessful and they both perished.
The Russians, having suffered great casaulties, withdrew from the field under the command of Dmitry's cousin, Vladimir, Prince of Serpukhov.
Editor says, in reality it was a decisive victory for Dmitri, securing the title of Grand Duke after the Moscow faction plus the first historical mention of Russia as an independent country. We have repurposed content from Wikipedia to prepare this article. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.