Kublai Khan's routed navy in Vietnam

The Conversation points us to a story related to the recent discovery of a shipwreck that may belong to Kublai Khan’s Japanese invasion fleet; the archaeological investigation of the Bach Dang battlefield in northern Vietnam, where Kublai Khan’s navy was also defeated by Vietnamese defenders.

The original kamikaze: Kublai Khan’s invasion shipwreck found?
The Conversation, 04 November 2011

The 1288 naval battle at Bach Dang occurred after the Mongol invaders captured the capital Thang Long (now Hanoi). They then found themselves trapped in an empty city without supplies.

The invaders decided to abandon the capital and retreat, but the Vietnamese decided to fight a decisive naval battle. The Vietnamese forces, under the command of Tran Hung Dao and his generals, lay in wait for the invasion fleet knowing they would have to return to China through an estuary at the mouth of the Bach Dang River.

Tran Hung Dao had his men plant wooden stakes in the bed of the Bach Dang River to create a line of defence so the Mongols could not retreat.

Full story here.


Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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