hochmeisterarmsteutonic.png    chi-rho-alpha-omega.gif    hochmeisterarmsteutonic.png
The Order of The Teutonic Knights of St.
Mary's Hospital in Jerusalem - 1190-2016
The German Order of The Teutonic Knights of Christ in Jerusalem
Orden der Brüder vom Deutschen Haus St. Mariens in Jerusalem
File:Crux Ordis Teutonicorum.svg  " Helfen - Wehren - Heilen "  File:Crux Ordis Teutonicorum.svg " Help - Defend - HealFile:Crux Ordis Teutonicorum.svg

Email: kontakt@deutscherorden.com

 imperialteutonicorderofst.marys.gif

Teutonic Order - HomepageHistory of the Teutonic OrderMembership of the Teutonic OrdenJesus ChristSaint MaryRosary of the Virgin MaryMarian CrossCatholic PrayersTeutonic ShopMembership StructureTeutonic BrigadeTeutonic Brigade - Command and RanksLivonian Brothers of the SwordLivonian OrderOrder of DobrzynTeutonic EventsTeutonic StateDuchy of EstoniaTeutonic ChurchTeutonic SaintsSaint Elisabeth of HungarySaint GeorgeDeutschordenskommendeMalbork CastleTeutonic CastlesBattle of GrunwaldBattle of the IcePrussian UprisingsTreaty of ChristburgBattle of KrückenBattle of DurbeSiege of KönigsbergBattle of LöbauSiege of BartensteinBattle of PagastinBattle of AizkraukleBattle of PlowceTeutonic BattlesRegalia ShopTeutonic RegaliaTeutonic DocumentsTeutonic ArmsPortraits - OnePortraits - TwoOrders CompositionTeutonic CoinsTeutonic HochmeistersTeutonic Grand CommandersTeutonic MarshalsHeinrich von BassenheimKnights Grand CrossKnights of HonourMarian KnightsKnights of The CrossKnights of The Livonian CrossOrder of The Iron CrossKnights of The Iron CrossOrder of The Pour le MériteKnights of The Pour le MéritePriory of KönigsbergTeutonic BailiwicksBailiwick of UtrechtTeutonic CommandriesTeutonic KnightsGermanic PeopleTeutonic BishopsTeutonic ParishesPope FrancisPope Benedict XVIPope John Paul IIList of PopesTeutonic GalleryLinks - OneLinks - TwoCharity LinksGerman WebsitesGerman Websites

 

 HochmeisteroftheTeutonicOrder.JPG 

THE BATTLE OF KRUCKEN - 1249

The Battle of Krücken was a medieval battle fought in 1249 during the Prussian Crusades between the Teutonic Knights and Prussians, one of the Baltic tribes. In terms of knights killed, it was the fourth largest defeat of the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century.

r5.jpg 

Marshal Heinrich Botel gathered men from Kulm, Elbing, and Balga for an expeditionary attack deeper into Prussia. They traveled into the lands of Natangians and pillaged the region. On their way back they were in turn attacked by an army of Natangians. The Knights retreated to the nearby village of Krücken south of Kreuzburg (now Kamenka south of Slavskoye), where Prussians hesitated to attack. The Prussian army was growing as fresh troops arrived from more distant territories, and the Knights did not have enough supplies to withstand a siege. Therefore the Teutonic Knights bargained for surrender: the marshal and three other knights were to remain as hostages while the others were to lay down their weapons.

hoch2.jpg 

The Natangians broke the agreement and massacred 54 knights and a number of their followers. Some knights were executed in religious ceremonies or tortured to death. Severed head of Johann, vice-komtur of Balga, was mockingly displayed on a spear. Others were ransomed or exchanged, including Marshal Botel. Such barbarity gave the Knights an excuse not to treat the Prussians as civilized and honorable people. Never again did the Knights surrender to pagans. The Natangians did not exploit their victory and did not make offensive moves into the lands of the Teutonic Knights. It took two years for the crusading military order to recover and avenge the massacre.