Genghis Khan’s Use of Psychological Warfare to Expand the Mongol Empire
PSYOP Master: Genghis Khan’s Use of Psychological Warfare to Expand the Mongol Empire - This is the story of how one of the greatest conquerors in human history, Genghis Khan, managed to found and expand perhaps the most epic empire to have ever existed: the Mongol Empire. At its zenith, the Mongol Empire stretched from India to Hungary, with Mongol warriors ripping through much of Eurasia.
One of the key ways Genghis Khan managed to expand his Empire so dramatically was through the effective use of psychological warfare. Genghis Khan’s use of psychological warfare essentially entailed using deception and propaganda to reduce the desire of a target population to fight what may have seemed to be a superhuman Mongol army. One of the psychological operations (or PSYOPS) used by Genghis Khan was to order his Mongol warriors to attach tree branches to the tails of their horses so that more dust and sand would flick-up into the air when riding, meaning that enemies observing a Mongol army from a distance would think that the army was far larger than it actually was in reality. Please watch the video to get the full story…
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