“We came, we saw and God conquered” – King Sobieski wrote to Pope Innocent XI
Polish King Jan III Sobieski fought the victorious battle in Vienna, stopping the Turkish invasion of Europe and pushing back the frontiers of the expansion of Islam.
“With the cry of “Jezus Maria ratuj” (Jesus Maria help) the whole Polish line rode down upon the Turks. Encased in glittering steel that covered head to thighs, with their tiger and leopard pelts fluttering in the wind and eagles’ wings affixed to their backs, the leading units of hussars presented an almost unearthly spectacle. Armed to the teeth with a 19-foot pennon-tipped kopia lance, a curved and a straight saber, four pistols, and a battle hammer, and mounted on a powerful armored steed, the hussar was the epitome of the Polish cavalier. (…) Leading the whole attack was Sobieski himself, his armor decked out in blue, luxurious semi-Oriental garb, his hand holding the bulawa marshal’s baton. On his side, curved saber in hand, rode 14-year-old Prince Jakób.
(from the article by Ludwig Heinrich Dyck in Warfare History Network)
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