Bloody Battle Between Mehmed II and Vlad III (Dracula) took place in 1462
- Mehmed II, also known as Mehmed the Conqueror, was the Ottoman Sultan who engaged in a bloody war against Vlad III Dracula, the prince of Wallachia, in 1462.
- Vlad, who provided the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous novel Dracula, was known for his ruthless tactics and had earned the nickname Vlad the Impaler after impaling more than 20,000 Turkish prisoners.
Despite suffering a defeat at the hands of Vlad in the famous Night Attack at Târgoviște, Mehmed burned several of Vlad's Wallachian towns and cities in retribution for the impaled prisoners.
The Ottomans then withdrew, claiming victory over Vlad, even though the Wallachian prince was still in power and had inflicted horrific casualties.
It would take nearly twenty years for Mehmed II to get his revenge on Vlad III Dracula, albeit indirectly.
Vlad was a popular fighter of Muslims in the central and western kingdoms of Europe, but the aristocrats under his rule were less enthusiastic about him. Imprisoned at one point for 13 years by the Hungarians, Vlad III was released, so he could return to Wallachia and fight its Ottoman-backed ruler, Basarab Laiotă.
Though Vlad III managed to depose Laiotă for about two weeks in November 1476, in December 1476 or January 1477, Laiotă killed Vlad III with the aid of Ottoman forces, and his body was hacked to pieces.
His head was sent to Mehmed II in Istanbul as confirmation that Vlad the Impaler was indeed dead.
In conclusion, Mehmed II's war against Vlad III Dracula was a brutal and bloody affair, marked by Vlad's use of impaling as a means of warfare and Mehmed's burning of Wallachian towns and cities in retaliation.
Though Mehmed II never directly defeated Vlad, he ultimately got his revenge through Vlad's death at the hands of an Ottoman-backed ruler.
The story of Mehmed II and Vlad III Dracula is a fascinating glimpse into the brutal tactics used during medieval warfare and the complex political alliances of the time.