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|Vlad III Țepeș|
The Wallachian-Turkish was a conflict that started in 1462 when Radu the Handsome, brother of Vlad the Impaler, forced Vlad to leave Wallachia and took his position. Vlad Țepeș was left with a host of only a couple hundred men, had no proper home and was left penniless. His host retreated into Hungarian controlled Transylvania where he asked the Hungarian king and friend Matthias Corvinus to help him reclaim his throne. Following days of discussion Corvinus, King of Hungary and Croatia soon declared war on Radu's Wallachia and the Ottoman Empire.
Now with a host of 40,000 men from Hungary and Croatia, Vlad Țepeș soon marched through Transylvania and back into Wallachia. In the first couple of months, Vlad was able to defeat several armies led by noblemen and the boyars who unwelcome his return. Months later, Prince of Moldavia, Stephen the Great later declared war on the Ottoman Empire and sided with Vlad and Corvinus. With an army of now 60,000 troops, they marched onto Vlad's former capital of Târgoviște. Collecting the bodies of any other army they encounter.
Radu, who wanted to leave an imposing act of courage on his brother rushed out of the city with the 5,000 man garrison. After a battle that has lasted for several days, Radu retreated back into the city with a fifth of the garrison killed. However, this was all a diversion to allow Mehmed II army to rally several miles behind Vlad's host back at the city of Bucharest. Around 70,000 troops under the command of Mehmed the Conqueror soon marched towards the Wallachian capital of Târgoviște in order to help Radu III.
Although the Ottomans were rushing to mobilize their forces to help Radu III, Radu has become sick due to disease being trapped in the city. Bloody flux also known as dysentery soon went through the city of Târgoviște, eventually making its way into his palace where one of his guards unknowingly gave him the disease. After a weak of suffering from dysentery, Radu III died and Vlad III Țepeș was again crowned as Voivode of Wallachia. With an impressive force of 70,000 troops, Mehmed's army was marching to Târgoviște where they expected to face the back of Vlad's host.
Now with Vlad III as Voivode of Wallachia, he rallied several thousand more men to his cause. Expecting a massive force of Ottoman troops to march upon his army, Vlad III used the advantage of the bloody flux, he paid hundred of peasants within Târgoviște to infiltrate the ranks of the Ottoman army, or at least attempt to get any Turkish soldiers catch the disease. Following the hiring of several hundred peasants, bloody flux soon spread throughout the ranks of the Ottoman force. With about 7,000 related deaths to disease and sickness Mehmed decided to march back to Bucharest.
Due to dysentery the army was moving quite slow across Wallachia, allowing Vlad's army to catch up with Mehmed. In order to prevent the disease being caught by any of his soldiers, Vlad III ordered his troops to wear heavy clothing covering all parts of the body. With Mehmed's army withdrawing back to Bucharest, Vlad III charged his cavalry into the back of the Turkish forces. Suffering from disease and exhausted from marching, Mehmed's lines where shattered and retreated to the west and east. However King Corvinus who was coming from the east and Prince Stephan who came from the west killed the deserters and later flanked Ottoman army. Mehmed who was shocked by the dread of Vlad's force retreated only to be pursued by Vlad's host.
By the summer of 1463, Mehmed II has retreated to the Danube where he is now cornered by Vlad's unstoppable force. With an army of only 20,000 troops left, Mehmed decides to attempt and construct several pontoon bridges to allow his army passage back into Bulgaria. However, the Pontoon bridges weren't constructed fast enough and Vlad's troops soon caught up with Mehmed. Attempting to do a final stance on Vlad's approaching army, Mehmed ordered his pikemen in the very front of his line in order to soften the blow of a cavalry charge. However, because of dysentery most of these troops were sick and barely able to strongly hold their pikes.
Vlad's troops soon charged on Mehmed's cornered force, many attempted to swim across the Danube but drowned due to heavy weight of military equipment. Mehmed, with a force of low morale faced Vlad's horde of 60,000 troops, began to defend his position along the Danube. Following several barrages of arrow fire, Vlad charged his cavalry into Mehmed's forces. Outnumbered, Mehmed's troops began to retreat, who were later captured and executed. After several days of battle, Mehmend's forces were devastated and he was later captured by Vlad the Impaler.