Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tam found a real nice piece of video

to go with March of Cambreadth, and I'm stealing it.

Without a moments regret

And please note: the Battle of Vienna took place in 1683 after the Ottoman Empire had laid seige to Vienna for two bloody months. And that was the second time the Ottomans made it that far; the first was in 1529:
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 claimed Southeastern Hungary as a vassal state in the wake of the Battle of Mohács. According to Toynbee, "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."
And the video fits the song very well:
The battle marked the turning point in the Ottoman–Habsburg wars, the 300-year struggle between the forces of the Central European kingdoms and the Ottoman Empire. Over the sixteen years following the battle, the Habsburgs of Austria gradually occupied and dominated southern Hungary and Transylvania, which had been largely cleared of the Turkish forces. The battle is also notable for including the largest cavalry charge in history with some 20,000 Polish and Austrian-German cavalry involved.

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