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

Belloc on the Re-emergence of Islam

It has always seemed to me possible, and even probable, that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between Christian culture and for what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent…

“the suggestion that Islam may re-arise sounds fantastic – but this is only because men are always powerfully affected by the immediate past: – one might say that they are blinded by it…

But not so very long ago, less than a hundred years before the Declaration of Independence…  Vienna, as we saw, was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history  –  September 11, 1683.

Hilaire Belloc The Great Heresies,1938