Born In: Burkhan Khaldun, Mongolia
Subutai was an Uriankhai general who served under both the legendary Mongol leader, Genghis Khan, and his son and successor, Ogedei Khan. Also known as Subutai the Valiant, he was the primary strategist for the Mongol army that was famous for being extremely powerful and formidable in its era. He was entrusted with leading numerous challenging expeditions in Asia and Europe, and is credited to have conquered more territory than any other commander in history. Born as the son of a blacksmith, he hailed from a tribe called the Uriangkhai that was known for specializing in fur-trading and blacksmithing. Despite not being a Mongol himself, Subutai somehow managed to enter the Mongol army where he made a name for himself with his astuteness and administrative capabilities. As part of the Mongol army, he directed over 20 campaigns over the course of which he conquered 32 nations. He is believed to have won around 65 pitched battles. Some of the most difficult campaigns he participated in were against the sophisticated armies of Hungary and Poland. Despite the European armies putting up fierce resistance, Subutai succeeded in beating them by employing his strategic war tactics. He took part in his last campaigns in the 1240s, following which he retired to live a quiet life.