Saturday, 30 October 2021

Battle at Bowang Slope (The Three Kingdoms)


Having engaged Kong Ming (aka Zhuge Liang) as his strategist, Liu Bei began to gather his troops and train new soldiers. Upon receiving this news, Cao Cao quickly dispatched Xiaohou Dun to lead 100,000 troops to attack Xinye.

Zhuge Liang directed the battle. The plan was to lay an ambush on the left of Bowang Slope. A flame in the south would be the signal to attack. Zhao Yun was to lead the attack from the front...and lose. The army, including Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, were furious, especially when they learnt that Zhuge Liang wasn't going to be present on the battlefield. However, Zhuge Liang had Liu Bei's support, and no one dared to defy Liu Bei.

As planned, after battling a few rounds with Xiaohou Dun, Zhao Yun pretended to feign defeat and fled. Xiaohou Dun went after him. Upon reaching the narrow road leading up to the mountains, Xiaohou Dun and his army they were surprised when they came face-to-face with Guan Yu. When they ran to the right, they ran into Zhang Fei.

Cao Cao's army suffered severe losses in the battle at Bowang Slope, and Xiaohou Dun retreated in defeat. After the battle, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were thoroughly convinced of Zhuge Liang's abilities.
- Compiled from The Three Kingdom

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