In-Game King Wladyslaw Jagiello (Polish). Edit
In-History Vytautas the Great (Lithuanians) and King Wladyslaw Jagiello (Polish) EditThe Polish-Lithuanian army is composed mainly of halberd militia, supported by several units of heavy cavalry and horse archers. Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen (The Teutonic Order)
The Teutonic army is composed mainly of Teutonic Knights, supported by several units of spearmen, several cannons and a few of mercenary crossbowmen.
In HistoryEditFounded during the Third Crusade in 1190, the Teutonic Order of Knights had a stronger national flavour than the other "knights of Christ" and it maintained strong ties with the Holy Roman Empire. When events in the Holy Land began to go awry, the Order cast about for another theatre of operations. The Prussian Crusade was launched in 1222, in response to a call for help from a Polish nobleman beset by Prussian pagans.
With Papal support, they began to establish their own state in the area, building a network of castles to reinforce their authority. Growing stronger, the Order began to cast its avaricious gaze further afield to the neighboring states of Poland and Lithuania, the latter of which was the largest surviving pagan state in Europe. The resulting series of crusades were easily the match of any previously seen in terms of barbarity on both sides.
Despite increased Papal displeasure at its actions, the Order's Grand Master had no difficulties attracting "guest" crusaders from across Europe to aid his forces in their onslaught.
As their strength grew though, changes began to take place withing the target states. In 1386 Wladyslaw Jagiello the Grand Duke of Lithuania came to the Polish throne. Beginning the conversion of Lithuania to Christianity, he was able to remove a barrier between the two people and create a powerful allied army.
In the summer of 1410, the allied army marched into Prussia, determined to capture the Order's headquarters at Marienburg and to destroy the Order utterly. Alerted to this threat, Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen gathered his forces and waited for the onslaught at a prepared position near the villages of Tannenberg and Grunwald.