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Vienna 1683: Christian Europe Repels the Ottomans

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Vienna 1683

Christian Europe Repels the Ottomans

Written by Simon Millark
Illustrated by Peter Dennis
CAMPAIGN Series # 191

The capture of the Hapsburg city of Vienna, the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, was a major strategic aspiration for the Islamic Ottoman Empire, desperate for the control that the city exercised over the Danube and the overland trade routes between southern and northern Europe. Vienna had witnessed the army of the Ottoman host before: 154 years previously, Suleiman the Magnificent and his 120,000 troops has failed to capture the city, however the Islamic host would return. In July 1683 Sultan Mehmed IV proclaimed a jihad and the Turkish grand vizier, Kara Mustafa Pasha, laid siege to the city with an army of 150,000 men quickly capturing the city's outer fortifications.

In September a relieving force arrived under Polish command and joined up with the defenders to drive the Turks away. John III Sobieski and Charles Sixte of Lorraine led a large Christian coalition crushing the Ottoman forces at the battle of the Kahlenberg on 12 September. This book provides a detailed account of the campaign focusing on the final 15-hour battle for Vienna, which climaxed with a massive charge by three divisions of Polish winged hussars. This hard-won victory marked the beginning of the decline of the Islamic Ottoman Empire, which was never to threaten central Europe again.

SIMON MILLAR is a serving army officer with a keen interest in military history. He has a particular interest in the British Army in India and the Napoleonic Wars. He is married and lives in Wiltshire.

PETER DENNIS was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey Titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Publishing House: Osprey Publishing Ltd., New York 2008
SoftCover book measuring 7.25" x 9.75" x 0.25"
96 pages, index, maps, B&W and color illustrations/photographs
English Language Version

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