DW Tournament Round 5: Mongol vs. Samurai

October 5, 2009

DW- Round 5: Loser's Bracket (Ancient Division)

I couldn't have asked for a better match up in the final round of the loser's bracket than Mongol Warrior against Samurai. This battle has everything you could ask for, historical significance, two powerful warriors, and fans of both warriors who are eager to find out the results.

Note: The Modern Division of the loser's bracket is already decided. Winner:
British Royal Gurkha Rifles

Prelude to a battle:
In the fall of 1274, after six years of preparation, the great Mongol warlord Kublai Khan launched an attack on the island nation of Japan with the intention of subjugating the only people in all of Asia who were not yet under his dominion.

The Mongols landed a large multinational force consisting of Chinese, Korean and Mongolian warriors on the Japanese Island of Kyushu where they faced a garrison of Samurai in what became known as the battle of Hakata Bay.

The Samurai were driven back from Hakata Bay by the Mongols strange weapons and swarming battle tactics, but the victory was short lived because a storm threatened to destroy the Mongol fleet and strand its army on the island.

The Mongol fleet left the island, but was caught in the teeth of great typhoon and all but destroyed. Many of the survivors were later hunted down and killed by Samurai who used their superior sailing skills to catch the Mongol vessels and slaughter those on board.

Seven years later, in the spring of 1281, the great Khan sent a second invasion force to the island of Kyushu, but this time the Mongols faced a prepared Samurai defense that fought them to a standstill at the second battle of Hakata Bay.

Two months later, in August of 1281, a third Mongol force of overwhelming size landed on Kyushu and threatened to exterminate the Samurai defenders. However, just like the first invasion of 1274, a great Typhoon emerged from the sea and destroyed the Mongol fleet before they could claim a sure victory the Samurai. Those Mongols who survived were once again chased down and slaughtered by the Samurai defenders.

A battle delayed:
Twice before have the Mongols and Samurai squared off in battle, but both times the winds of fate intervened before a decisive victory could be claimed. The Mongols can say they drove the Samurai back at the battle of Hakata Bay, but the Samurai can say they held the field at the second battle of Hakata Bay. Now we settle the matter for all time as we answer the question, who is the Deadliest Warrior?

Samurai vs. Mongol Warrior
Two of the greatest warriors in all of Asia square off in a battle that's been over 700 years in the making.

The Samurai were elite warriors from Japan who mastered a large array of weapons and lived their lives according to the highly ethical code of Bushido. The Japanese believed that, in battle, a single Samurai was the equal of twenty regular soldiers.

Mongol Warriors were fierce nomads from the steppes of Asia who forged one of the largest empires in history by crushing enemy after enemy and spreading terror from the sea of Japan all the way to the heart of Europe.

Banded Steel vs. Leather, Iron & Silk
Most Samurai used leather and banded-steel plates to protect their bodies and a wide sloping helmet to protect their head and neck. The Mongols had a multi-layer defense of Leather, Iron & Silk that was capable of stopping arrows, swords and knives. Edge: Even

Close Combat
Katana vs. Scimitar
The Mongol Scimitar is an effective weapon that is best used from horseback, but the Katana is a superior sword that is equally useful on foot or from the saddle. Edge: Samurai

Naginata vs. Mongol Lance
The Naginata is a fast, fearsome, foot soldier's weapon, but the Mongol lance has the longer reach. Edge: Mongol

Long Range
Yumi Bow vs. Recurve Bow
The Mongol Bow had a faster rate of fire and was more compact but had just as much range and power as the Japanese longbow, however, the Mongol tactic of firing massed arrows would not be as effective in a one-on-one fight as the Samurai practice of deadly accuracy through the art of Kyudo. Edge: Samurai

Kanabo vs. Horse & Lasso
The Mongolian Lasso is useful against armored opponents to capture and drag them to death, but the Samurai may be too agile for that tactic to work. The Kanabo is a massive weapon designed to smash armor and break bones, but one of its most vicious uses was to break the legs of charging warhorses. Edge: Samurai

This would be an outstanding battle between two worthy foes. However, while I think a Mongol army would probably defeat a Samurai army if they met on an open field, I think the individual Samurai is a more formidable warrior than the individual Mongol. Also, the Samurai brings a comparable bow to the battle as well as an assortment of weapons that would be useful against a mounted enemy.

(Kill Estimates)
Kills    Samurai  Mongol
Close      140     100   
100     140
Long       240     200
Special     70      10       
Total      550     450

WINNER: Samurai