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The Siege of Vienna

Join Gordon Robertson as he travels to Vienna, Austria, to explore the history of the Siege of Vienna. Read Transcript


REPORTER: IN THE SPRING OF

1529, AN ARMY OF 75,000 MEN

HEADED FOR THE HEART OF THE HOLY

ROMAN EMPIRE, THE CITY OF SEE

YEN VIENNA.

IF YOU WERE LIKELY TO TAKE

VIENNA OTHERS WOULD FALL.

NOW THE ARMY MARCHED

UNDEFEATED TO THE WEST TO CLAIM

IT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM.

AN AUSTRIAN LEADER DESCRIBED THE

MUSLIMS MARCH OF TERROR THROUGH

EUROPE.

MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

MURDERED OR DRAGGED INTO

SLAVERY.

CHILDREN CUT OUT OF MOTHER'S

WOMBS AND STUCK ON PIKES.

YOUNG WOMEN ABUSED TO DEATH AND

CORPSES LEFT ON THE HIGHWAY.

ATROCITIES WILL BLOW YOUR

MIND, PUTTING CHILDREN ON PIKES

IS ONE THING.

OFTEN TIME THEY WOULD TAKE

CHRISTIANS THEY LIKE AND FORCED

THEM TO BE MUSLIMS, IF NOT THEY

WOULD BE TORTURED, GOUGING THEIR

EYES AND THROWN INTO FIRE.

ANYTHING YOUR MIND CAN ENVISION.

CHARLES THE 5TH DISMISSED THE

DANGER IN VIENNA AS A COURTESY,

HE SENT A FEW GERMAN AND SPANISH

TROOPS TO PROTECT THE CITY, JUST

1700 SOLDIERS TO FIGHT AN ARMY

OF 75,000.

IN LATE SEPTEMBER THE TURKS

ARRIVED TO SET UP CAMP HERE

OUTSIDE THE CITY.

THEY REALIZED THEIR GREATEST

ENEMY WAS THE WEATHER NOT THE

EUROPEAN ARMY.

THAT AUTUMN WAS UNUSUALLY COLD

AND RAINY.

IT ARE RAINED SO HEAVILY SOME OF

THE HORSES AND CAMELS SWEPT AWAY

BY WATER.

MEN CLIMBED UP TREES AND SPENT

TWO DAYS AND NIGHTS.

RAIN SOAKED THE GUN POWDER

MAKING IT USELESS AND THEY WERE

FORCED TO LEAVE MOST OF THE

HEAVY CANNONS BEHIND.

A DECISION THEY WOULD LETTER

FORGET.

AUTOMAN TROOPS SURROUNDED THE

CITY, THE SALTEN ISSUED AN ALL

THE ULTIMATUM.

IF YOU BECOME MUSLIMS, NOTHING

WILL HAPPEN.

IF YOU OFFER RESISTANCE, THEN BY

A LAW, YOUR CITY WILL BE REDUCED

TO ASHES AND YOUNG AND OLD

SLAUGHTERED.

THAT WAS THE TRADITIONAL

INVITATION PRECEDING THE

WARFARE, JOIN US AND BECOME

MUSLIMS AND RENOUNCE YOU ARE

CHRIST OR WE ARE GOING TO START

ATTACKING YOU.

IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS HE

WOULD CELEBRATE HIS VICTORY WITH

BREAKFAST INSIDE VIENNA'S

LARGEST CHURCH, ST. STEPHEN'S

CATHEDRAL, AFTER HE TURNED IT

INTO A MOSQUE.

ABANDONED BY THE REST OF EUROPE

THEY REALIZED NO MORE HELP WAS

COMING AND THEY WERE THE ONLY

THING STANDING BETWEEN EUROPE

AND ARMIES OF ISLAM.

INSIDE ST. STEPHENS, EUROPEAN

SOLDIERS GATHERED TO PLAN AND

PRAY.

THEY TOOK AN OATH OF LOYALTY.

NOBLE AND COMMON COMPANIONS

SWORE TO REMAIN IN THE CITY AS

LONG AS THERE WAS STILL LIFE IN

THEIR BODIES AND DIE ALONGSIDE

ONE ANOTHER FOR THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

AFTER A FEW DAYS, SUEMAN GAVE

THE ORDER TO ATTACK, TWICE THE

AUTOMANS ADVANCED TO VIENNA AND

TWICE THE AUSTRIANS TURNED THEM

BACK.

WITH NO HEAVY ARTILLERY, THE

TURKS HAD TO FIND A DIFFERENT

WAY INTO THE CITY.

THEY STARTED A WHOLE NEW WAR

UNDER THE GROUND.

HUNDREDS OF TURKS TOURED UNDER

THE CITY.

EUROPEANS CAME UP WITH A

CREATIVE WAY TO FIND THE BOMBS,

THEY PLACED BARRELS OF WATER IN

THE SELLERS AND WATCHED THE

VIBRATIONS IN THE WATER SO TO

SEE WHERE THEY WERE TUNNELLING.

THEY FOUND MOST OF THE MINES

BEFORE THEY EXPLODED.

U NO QUESTION THE EUROPEANS WAS

OUTNUMBERED.

THEY WAGED A PSYCHOLOGICAL WAR

FROM INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL.

MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WAS

DISINFORMATION.

THEY LED THE TURKS TO BELIEVE

THEY HAD REINFORCEMENTS ON THE

WAY.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT,

THEY SHOUTED AND BLEW TRUMPETS

TO CONFUSE TURKS.

ACCORDING TO THE SALTAN'S DIARY,

THEY BELIEVED HE WAS BEHIND THE

CITY WALLS WITH AN ARMY OF

THOUSANDS.

ST. MICHAELS ARRIVED WITH A

HEAVY RAINSTORM.

THIS IS THE DAY -- IN REALITY,

THE TUSHES WERE NO CLOSER TO

CAPTURING THE CITY.

AS THE RAIN POURED DOWN ON THE

AUTOMAN TENTS, THE AUSTRIANS

SENT A MESSAGE TO THE SALTAN

FROM INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, "YOUR

BREAKFAST IS GETTING COLD."

THE SOLDIERS WERE TIRED, SICK

AND RUNNING OUT OF FOOD.

THEIR COMMANDERS HAD TO BEAT

THEM WITH STICKS JUST TO KEEP

THEM ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

AUTOMANS DECIDED TO LAUNCH ONE

ATTACK, THIS TIME USING THE

SALTANS ELITE TROOPS, THE

JANASERIES.

THEY WERE NO MATCH FOR THE

FIERCE GERMAN PIKEMAN.

THEY DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO

LEAVE.

JANASERIES DECIDED TO LEAVE.

THIS WAS A NEW BLOW TO THEM.

HEY, WE CAN ACTUALLY BE STOPPED.

IT WAS HUMILIATED.

NEXT MORNING, MAKING THE

TURKISH RETREAT EVEN MORE

DIFFICULT.

IN LESS THAN A MONTH, A SMALL

GROUP OF FARMERS, PEASANT AND

SOLDIERS DEFEATED THE MOST

POWERFUL ARMY IN THE WORLD, THEY

SINGLE HANDEDLY STOPPED THE

MARCH OF ISLAM THROUGH EUROPE.

THE ON SLOT OF ISLAMIC

TUSHISH EMPIRE STOPPED.

IT WAS AN EXAMPLE THEY CAN BE

BEATEN.

NOW THEY KNOW THESE WILD PEOPLE

CAN BE STOPPED AND WE CAN DO IT

AND GOD IS ON OUR SIDE.

THAT BECAME A PIVOTAL PART OF

THE NARRATIVE.

BELLS OF ST. STEPHENS RANG IN

CELEBRATION AND THE CHURCH WHICH

SERVED AS MILITARY HEADQUARTERS

BECAME A HOUSE OF WORSHIP ONCE

MORE AS THE PEOPLE OF VIENNA

GATHERED TO THANK GOD FOR THEIR

VICTORY.

A SPECIAL HYMN WRITTEN FOR THE

OCCASION BASED ON A VERSE FOR

THE PSALMS, UNLESS THE LORD

GUARDS THE CITY, THE WATCHMAN

STAYS AWAY IN VAIN.

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