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(Photo: Across the ravine lay the battlefield of Yarmouk - present day Jordan). On this day (636): The major Battle of...

(Photo: Across the ravine lay the battlefield of Yarmouk - present day Jordan). On this day (636): The major Battle of Yarmouk between the army of the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim forces of the Rashidun Caliphate begun today.
The battle consisted of a series of engagements that lasted for six days in August 636, near the Yarmouk River, along what today are the borders of Syria–Jordan and Syria–Israel, east of the Sea of Galilee.
The result of the battle was a complete Muslim victory over a numerically superior Byzantine army, which ended Byzantine rule in Syria. The Battle of
Yarmouk is regarded as one of the most decisive battles in military history, and it marked the first great wave of early Muslim conquests after the death of Prophet Muhammad, heralding the rapid advance of Islam into the then Christian Levant.
The battle cemented Khalid bin Walid's reputation as one of the greatest tacticians and cavalry commanders in history.

The Battle of Yarmouk can be seen as an example in military history where an inferior force manages to overcome a superior force by superior generalship. Khalid's use of mounted warriors throughout the battle showed just how well he understood the potential strengths and weaknesses of his mounted troops. His mobile guard moved quickly from one point to another, always changing the course of events wherever they appeared, and then just as quickly galloping away to change the course of events elsewhere on the field.

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