Battle of Vienna, Charles of Lorraine, christendom, Ernst von Starhemberg, Holy Roman Empire, Jan III Sobieski, Leopold I, September 12th
Venimus, Vidimus, Deus vicit!
“We came, we saw, God conquered!” These words of the Polish King Jan Sobieski reflect well the Hand of Providence in the victory which decisively saved Christendom from the long Turkish onslaught. The soldiers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and their King certainly deserve the glory hard won on the Kahlenberg. However, save in their own countries those who fought alongside the renown Winged Hussars are often overshadowed and overlooked, be they Imperials, or the Lipka Tatars (Lithuanian Turkic Muslims who fought in the defense of Vienna).