April 5 1242 – Alexander Nevsky Defeats the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of the Ice

April 5 1242 – Alexander Nevsky Defeats the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of the IceRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Frustrated with the slow eastward advance of the Teutonic Order, Alexander Nevsky stood on the shores of Lake Peipus determined to halt the German knights’ encroachment on April 5, 1242. Marching his army out onto the frozen water, the 20-year-old Nevsky scored a major victory at the Battle of the Ice — one that prevented the Germans from entering Russia, hardening the dividing line between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. In 1193, Pope Celestine III declared the Northern Crusades, encouraging the Holy Roman Empire and Kingdom […]