It takes a nation to protect the nation
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It seemed that it was this successful defense of Vienna in 1529 that gave much of Europe breathing space of 154 years before the next siege and great battle against the warriors of Allah.
The Siege of Vienna in 1529 was the first attempt by the Ottoman Empire, led by Suleiman the Magnificent, to capture the city of Vienna, Austria. The siege signalled the pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire's power, the maximum extent of Ottoman expansion in central Europe, and was the result of a long-lasting rivalry with Europe. Thereafter, 150 years of bitter military tension and reciprocal attacks ensued, culminating in the Battle of Vienna in 1683, which marked the start of the Great Turkish War by European powers to remove the Ottoman presence.
The Ottoman failure to capture Vienna in 1529 turned the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe, which had previously directly annexed Central Hungary and established a vassal state in Transylvania in the wake of the Battle of Mohács. According toToynbee, "The failure of the first [siege of Vienna] brought to a standstill the tide of Ottoman conquest which had been flooding up the Danube Valley for a century past."
There is speculation by some historians that Suleiman's main objective in 1529 was in actuality to assert Ottoman control over the whole of Hungary, the western part of which (known as Royal Hungary) was under Habsburg control. The decision to attack Vienna after such a long interval in Suleiman's European campaign is viewed as an opportunistic manoeuvre after his decisive victory in Hungary. Other scholars theorize that the suppression of Hungary simply marked the prologue to a later, premeditated invasion of Europe.
Raymond Ibrahim writes: 12 September; I was recently featured in a short CBN documentary on the Siege of Vienna—a pivotal moment in history, when the invading and seemingly invincible Muslim hordes of the Ottoman Empire were finally stopped at the gates of Vienna.
Join Gordon Robertson as he travels to Vienna, Austria, to explore the history of the Siege of Vienna.
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Reporter: in the spring of 1529, an army of 75,000 men headed for the heart of the holy roman empire, the city of see yen vienna. if you were likely to take vienna others would fall.
Now the army marched undefeated to the west to claim it in the name of islam. an austrian leader described the muslims march of terror through europe. many thousands of people murdered or dragged into slavery. children cut out of mother's wombs and stuck on pikes. young women abused to death and corpses left on the highway. atrocities will blow your mind, putting children on pikes is one thing. often time they would take christians they like and forced them to be muslims, if not they would be tortured, gouging their eyes and thrown into fire. anything your mind can envision.
Charles the 5th dismissed the danger in vienna as a courtesy, he sent a few german and spanish troops to protect the city, just 1700 soldiers to fight an army of 75,000.
In late september the turks arrived to set up camp here outside the city. they realized their greatest enemy was the weather not the european army. that autumn was unusually cold and rainy. it are rained so heavily some of the horses and camels swept away by water.
Men climbed up trees and spent two days and nights. rain soaked the gun powder making it useless and they were forced to leave most of the heavy cannons behind. a decision they would letter forget. Ottoman troops surrounded the city, the Sultan issued an ultimatum:
IF YOU BECOME MUSLIMS, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. IF YOU OFFER RESISTANCE, THEN BY ALLAH, YOUR CITY WILL BE REDUCED TO ASHES AND YOUNG AND OLD SLAUGHTERED.
That was the traditional invitation preceding the warfare, join us and become Muslims and renounce you are Christian or we are going to start attacking you.
In less than two weeks THE SULTAN SAID THAT HE WOULD CELEBRATE HIS VICTORY WITH BREAKFAST INSIDE VIENNA'S LARGEST CHURCH, ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL, AFTER HE TURNED IT INTO A MOSQUE.
Abandoned by the rest of europe they realized no more help was coming and they were the only thing standing between europe and armies of islam. inside st. stephens, european soldiers gathered to plan and pray. they took an oath of loyalty.
NOBLE AND COMMON COMPANIONS SWORE TO REMAIN IN THE CITY AS LONG AS THERE WAS STILL LIFE IN THEIR BODIES AND DIE ALONGSIDE ONE ANOTHER FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.
After a few days, sueman gave the order to attack, twice the Ottomans advanced to vienna and twice the austrians turned them back. with no heavy artillery, the turks had to find a different way into the city. they started a whole new war under the ground. hundreds of turks toured under the city. europeans came up with a creative way to find the bombs, they placed barrels of water in the sellers and watched the vibrations in the water so to see where they were tunnelling. they found most of the mines before they exploded.
There was no question the europeans was outnumbered. they waged a psychological war from inside the cathedral. most powerful weapon was disinformation. they led the turks to believe they had reinforcements on the way. throughout the day and night, they shouted and blew trumpets to confuse turks. according to the saltan's diary, they believed he was behind the city walls with an army of thousands. st. michaels day arrived with a heavy rainstorm. this is the day -- in reality, the turks were no closer to capturing the city.
AS THE RAIN POURED DOWN ON THE OTTOMANS TENTS, THE AUSTRIANS SENT A MESSAGE TO THE SULTAN FROM INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, "YOUR BREAKFAST IS GETTING COLD."
The soldiers were tired, sick and running out of food. their commanders had to beat them with sticks just to keep them on the battlefield. Ottoman decided to launch one attack, this time using the saltans elite troops, the janaseries. they were no match for the fierce german pikeman.
They decided he was going to leave. janaseries decided to leave. this was a new blow to them. hey, we can actually be stopped. it was humiliated. next morning, making the turkish retreat even more difficult. in less than a month, a small group of farmers, peasant and soldiers defeated the most powerful army in the world, they single handedly stopped the march of islam through europe. the onslaught of islamic tushish empire stopped. it was an example they can be beaten. now they know these wild people can be stopped and we can do it and god is on our side. that became a pivotal part of the narrative.
The bells of st. stephens rang in celebration and the church which served as military headquarters became a house of worship once more as the people of vienna gathered to thank god for their victory. a special hymn written for the occasion based on a verse for the psalms, unless the lord guards the city, the watchman stays away in vain.