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774 Battle of Berzitia ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Byzantines surprised a Bulgarian raiding force and scored an easy victory October 774
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Early Bulgarian Wars
Battle Type:
Surprise attack
The Battlefield Berzitia Location:
Berzitia, close to the present-day Greek-Albanian-FYROM borders.
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Constantine V Kopronymos) The Enemies
Commander: Emperor Constantine V Kahn Telerig
Forces: 80,000 12,000
Losses: Heavy
Background story: After an unsuccessful campaign of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine V earlier in 774, the Bulgarian Khan Telerig decided to strike back to the southwest and sent a small raiding army of 12,000 to capture Berzitia. The Byzantine emperor was informed for the raid in due time by his spies in Pliska and gathered a big army to face the enemy.
The Battle:
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Constantine met with his army the Bulgarian force in Berzitia. The Bulgarians did not expect to find an army there. They suffered heavy losses.