Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11 (1683)

September 11, 1683.

The seemingly unstoppable advance of militant Islam was brought to a halt and the tide turned at the Siege of Vienna in 1683.

Led by the last heavy cavalry in Europe, the Husaria, the Winged Horsemen of Poland, King Jan Sobieski III Poland routed the entrenched Muslim forces and the retreat of Islam from Central Europe had begun.


Aria Enggar P. said...

Just curious, what is the post's correlation with the 9/11 tribute light picture?

Rick Matz said...

I like the picture.

OldtaichiGuy said...

With Fire and Sword (Polish: Ogniem i mieczem) by Henryk Sienkiewicz is a great fictional account of the Husaria and Jan Sobieski. One of my favorite books.

Rick Matz said...

Being of Polish descent, I plan on reading that one day.

Fred Lobb said...

Magnificent, Rick, all way around--the 9/11 Tribute & the Husaria saga.
While not of Polish descent myself, I cherish the Polish love of liberty and honor. By the way, I commend these outstanding Polish films: "Krzyzacy," "Kanal," "Dlug," & "Katyn."

Rick Matz said...

A charge by the Winged Hussars must have been something to behold.