Vienna. September 12, 1683.
He promptly finds himself on the wrong end of the largest cavalry charge in human history.
At 4:00 p.m. not to put too fine a point on it:
Then the Winged Hussars arrived.
The Ottoman siege lines are shattered by the force of a 18,000-strong cavalry charge, Vienna was saved and with it, according to later European chroniclers, all of Christendom.
Kara Mustafa Pasha escapes with his life, only to be executed on the Sultan‘s command for his failure a few months later.
And, of course, we got an awesome song out of it.
Swedish power metal band Sabaton has put out a discography consisting largely of albums centring around various historical battles. 2014’s The Last Stand provides us with two of their most popular songs: the eponymous The Last Stand and Winged Hussars. I think a large part of their popularity is because of how quotable (and memeable) the lyrics of the two songs are.
Incidentally, Sabaton’s own website has a write-up about the battles that inspired their songs, you can find the one about Vienna here.
And then listen to the song about it here:
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