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809 Battle of Serdica ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Bulgarians captured the fortress and slaughtered its defenders spring 809
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Early Bulgarian Wars
Battle Type:
Fort Capture
The Battlefield Serdica Location:
modern Sofia, capital of Bulgaria
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Nikephoros I) The Enemies
Commander: Unknown Khan Krum (the Horrible)
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Losses: 6000 prisoners slaughtered
Background story: After the sack of the Avar Khaganate, Khan Krum turned his efforts to the southwest to dominate on the Slavs of the valley of the Strymon River and Macedonia. The main obstacle was the strong Byzantine-held fortress of Serdica. Krum besieged the city with a big army in the spring of 809.
The Battle:
Khan Krum the Horrible
Krum besieged the city but he could not break the resistance its defenders for several weeks. In the end, he promised to give safe conduct for the Byzantines on condition they surrender. They agreed and Krum entered Serdica before Easter but he did not keep his promise killing the entire 6,000 garrison and some citizens nonetheless.
Aftermath: Serdica was a major crossroad in the Balkans. In the following years (and centuries) it served as a base for the expansion of the Bulgarians to the south.