Mehmed II, the conqueror
Vlad Ţepeş is alleged to have committed even more
impalements and other tortures against invading Ottoman
forces. It was reported that an invading Ottoman army
turned back in fright when it encountered thousands of
rotting corpses impaled on the banks of the Danube.
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has also been said that in 1462 Mehmed II, the conqueror
of Constantinople, a man noted for his own psychological
warfare tactics, returned to Constantinople after being
sickened by the sight of 20,000 impaled corpses outside Vlad's capital of Târgovişte. Many of the victims were
Turkish prisoners of war Vlad had previously captured
during the Turkish invasion.
The total Turkish casualty
toll in this battle reached over 40,000. The warrior
sultan turned command of the campaign against Vlad over
to subordinates and returned to Constantinople, even
though his army had initially outnumbered Vlad's three
to one and was better equipped.
Dracula - Vlad III the Impaler - The
Ruins of Poienari Castle