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Battle of Sırpsındığı (1364)


Sırpsındığı was a sudden night raid by an Ottoman force led by Hacı İlbey on a Serbian contingent at the banks of the Maritsa (Meriç) river about 15 kilometres from the city of Adrianople. It occurred in 1364 between an Ottoman expeditionary force and a Serbian army reinforced by crusaders sent by the Pope. The Serbian army was destroyed, which is why the battle was known as “sırp sındığı” (defeat of Serbs) by the Ottomans. The battle was the first attempt to throw the Ottomans from the Balkans with an allied army. Read more…

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