Ottomans penetrate the Balkans
Ottoman Turkish Warriors ©Angus McBride
1427 Jan 1

Ottomans penetrate the Balkans

Golubac Fortress, Ридан, Golub

The Ottomans occupied Golubac Fortress in 1427 and started to regularly plunder the neighboring lands. The Ottoman raids forced many locals to depart for better protected regions. Their place was occupied by South Slavic refugees (mainly Serbs). Many of them were organized into mobile military units known as hussars.