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Battle of Koposvar
The Battle of Koposvar was a decisive battle for the Byzantine Empire in its Hungarian campaign, almost completely destroying what remained of the Hungarian army that had rallied to defend the heartland of Hungary.
The Byzantine Empire
The Kingdom of Hungary
After Byzantium declared war on Hungary, it met with great military successes, due to terrible leadership on the Hungarian's side. Furthermore, the troops that emperor Epheserus led to invade Hungary were all veterans of the Holy Roman campaign.
Synopsis:The Byzantine army had been alerted by its scouts of the Hungarian army marching to oppose it, and had been drawn up on a large hill prior to the battle. The emperor, wanting to take the enemy by surprise, ordered his infantry to charge down the hill, with archers backing them up. However, he had heavy cavalry and and mounted archers hidden behind the crest of the hill. When the Hungarian troops were well and truly engaged, he ordered his cavalry to charge down the hill and attack. The results were devastating. The Hungarians had kept mounted archers and archers behind their army, and they were mercilessly slaughtered by the Kataphractoi and Lancers. The cavalry then regrouped and charged the demoralized Hungarian infantry, sweeping them from the field.