Sept. 11 – Battle of Vienna, 1683

September 11

In 1683, over 138,000 Muslim Ottoman Turks surrounded Vienna,

For two months they starved the 11,000 Hapsburg-Austrian defenders.

Sultan Mehmed IV sent a message to Austrian King, Leopold I: “Await
us in your residence…so we can decapitate you.”

Secretly, Polish King Jan Sobieski, gathered 81,000 Polish, Austrian
and German troops and on SEPTEMBER 11, 1683, led a surprise attack
causing the Turks to flee in confusion.

Upon entering the abandonded Turkish tents, they found bags of beans
coffee beans – revealing how Turks could fight day and night.

Shortly thereafter, Polish General Kulczycki opened one of Vienna’s
first coffeehouses and coffee quickly spread across Europe.

Whereas the Pope and European leaders hailed Jan Sobieski as the
“Savior of Western Civilization,” the humiliated Muslim army beheaded
their general, Mustafa Pasha, and sent his head back to Sultan Mehmed
IV in a velvet bag.

President Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his 1916 book, Fear God and
Take Your Own Part:

“From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Jan Sobieski,
Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact it…could and
would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor.”

From American Minute with Bill Federer


2 Responses

  1. Hi Larry,

    Just wondering how I can get a print like yours of
    BATTLE OF VIENNA, 1683. I would like one to frame.
    Thank you,


  2. Terry, I’m not sure – I found this digital picture online. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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