The Battle of Eregli with the Crusaders in 1101 and the Facts Hidden by the West - 6
Year 1101, 3rd Crusader Army and the War of Eregli ...
“For Sultan Kılıç Arslan, his second victory against the crusaders was not yet the end of the struggle. Because while he was fighting with the forces of the count of Nevers, as described above, a third crusader army, consisting of the French from Aquitan and the Germans from Bayern, had entered the Seljuk territory. ”
“After entering the Seljuk lands near Akşehir (Philomelion), sudden difficulties started. The Crusaders particularly suffered from water and food shortages. As the Turks made all the wells, cisterns and resources unusable, they burned the ripe grains in the region along the way and emptied the cities and retreated, taking with them all kinds of foodstuffs.
Albertus says that the Turks thus calculated that it would be easier to fight the groups that left the army in search of food and water because of hunger and thirst.
In the continuation of the rumor, Guillaume, Welf and their friends, who were very angry with this tactic applied by the Turks, attacked Philomelion (Akşehir), Salamia (İsmil) and all other cities belonging to the Turks along the way, and after destroying all of them, Reclei (Ereğli) ' recorded that they were walking towards to. ”
“According to Albertus's statement, after defeating the second Crusader army (Nevers Army), Turkish troops under the command of Kılıç Arslan retreated towards Ereğli without any conflict with the third crusader army (Aquitania-Bayern). This withdrawal of the Turks is in line with the strategy of Sultan Kılıç Arslan against the Crusaders. Because it could not be expected that he would immediately go to war with this army that has numerical superiority and has not been sufficiently worn yet. At the same time, the Turkish forces, who fought separately with two crusaders in August, also needed a breathing time.
Perhaps Kılıç Arslan must have believed in the necessity of retreating in front of the first two crusaders, especially the first two crusader armies, as well as the third crusader army, and weakening them for a long time under difficult conditions, and only after that to engage in a definite war in a place he deems appropriate. br />
In addition, another reason for his withdrawal to Ereğli is because he thought that it would be possible to fight the great Crusader army only after all Turkish forces were united. ”
“Albertus recorded the name of Philomelion (Akşehir) as Finimini, and mentioned this place with Salamia (İsmil) after Konya. This is geographically incorrect. Philomelion (Akşehir), 226 km from Konya. is northwest. Salamia (Name!), On the Konya - Ereğli road, 50 km from Konya. It is located in the southeastern salt ground.
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