|759||Battle of Rishki Pass||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||The Bulgarians ambushed and inflicted a heavy defeat on the Byzantines||759|
|War & Enemy:||
Early Bulgarian Wars
|The Battlefield|| Location:
A pass at the Balkan mountains, in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. The exact location is unknown
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Constantine V Kopronymos)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Emperor Constantine V||KhanVinekh|
|Forces:||Unknown (but big army)||Unknown (but big army)|
|Background story:||In 755, the long peace between Bulgaria and the Byzantine Empire came to an end.
Between 755 and 775, the Byzantine emperor Constantine V organized nine (!) campaigns to deal with the Bulgarian threat. In 756 he defeated the Bulgarians in the first battle of Marcellae. Three years later he came back and reached to the natural fortress of the Balkan mountains.
The Byzantine army trying to engage the Bulgarians in battle, was ambushed in the straits of the crossing of the Rishki pass and was defeated. The Byzantine historian Theophanes the Confessor wrote that the Bulgarians killed the strategos of Thrace Leo, the commander of Drama and many soldiers.
It was a disaster, but the Bulgarian Khan Vinekh did not take exploit the opportunity. He did not chase the enemy and he started negotiations for peace, instead. This act became very unpopular among the nobles of the country and, as a result, the khan was murdered in 761.
|Aftermath:||It was the worst defeat of the Byzantines by the Bulgarians until then.|