Because he knew something his men didn’t...
See, Amir knew that elephants are easily scared.
So the best way to beat Mahmud Shah’s army was to do just that... frighten the elephants.
He couldn't make a sound louder than the roar of battle.
And there was nothing in his environment to help, either... since this was slap-bang in the middle of a desert.
But with a little on-the-spot creative thinking…
...Amir Timur came up with a crazily effective, but HORRIBLY inhumane solution.
His army had travelled on camels across the desert, so he ordered his men to load up blocks of hay onto each camel’s back, direct the camels to the front line, and set the blocks of hay on fire.
And with a few nasty prods in the backside…