HOW DID THE TEMPLARS DEFEAT SALADINLondon Regalia 2
HOW DID THE TEMPLARS DEFEAT SALADIN
In November 1177, Saladin the powerful Sultan of Egypt and Syria launched his first military campaign against crusaders and templars. With a large army of some 26,000 strong warriors or other forces. The next day, Saladin was able to field 20,000 soldiers. Guy of Lusignan, king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, led the Franks. Saladin marched his Ayyubid army from Egypt into southern Palestine through the Sinai Desert.
Saladin allowed their army to forage for food and looted Christian settlements. King Baldwin IV, who was sick. Roughly 350 mounted knights and several soldiers marched to Ascalon. On the other side, Saladin thought that Crusaders don’t attack with small forces. So they allowed their forces to move slowly and to loot in the villages.
Baldwin fled with the aid of Raynald of Châtillon, a French nobleman, and the Knights Templar had left Ascalon and marched to block Saladin’s path to Jerusalem. Therefore, the roads muddy from recent rains, or near the mound of al-Safiya, not far from Montgisard, his baggage train and siege engines got stuck in the mud.
The Sultan was surprised to see the Crusaders at that point. His army was split between rescuing a stranded baggage train and looting the area. So after the long march from Egypt, the horses were tired.
Saladin was controlling the situation but they can’t. Many soldiers fled the field. Ahmad, Taqi ad-uncle, Din’s was killed early in the battle, and the Ayyubid soldiers were disheartened by the loss of Ahmad and other high-ranking officers. So no one exactly knows how many soldiers return back to Egypt. This battle win by the crusaders that the great warrior in history and also for the Christian army.