Charles J. Ingerson

REMEMBERING

Charles J. Ingerson: RememberingPassing over time and space
watching buildings falling quick
national TV and worldwide press
people dancing in the streets
while American’s in deep sorrow
(some at least who cared today)
yet to many repayment of debts
blaming America for all their woes
those in government leadership
included among those who cheered
China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt
Syria, Korea, Russia, many others
happy to see America attacked
remembering one would guess lies
for as evil as America might be
only freedom can be found here
without America there is no freedom
thus remembering broken glass
in the Holocaust and Pearl Harbor
and now in America on this date
twelve years come and gone
hatred still the war-cry of Islam
as it was in 1683 in Vienna
feeling soon it would fall to siege
allowing the herds of hatred
into the bowels of W. Europe
so long ago and so far away
but Islamic Terrorists don’t forget
they kindle and make excuses
in Spain and destroying a train
killing innocent civilians many
because of events in 1492
few even knew about in history
thus 9/11 is a day of infamy
where Vienna repelled the hordes
waiting at their gates to kill
(there is no honorable surrender)
for there is no honor in terrorism
while yet today we wait on Congress
Syria another place now in flames
innocent people being killed
by madmen of the world found
conning the world once more
with our POTUS leading astray
putting our nation into harm’s way
because of hatred and terror
funding Islamic Extremism
calling it a peaceful exchange
forgetting our Constitutional law
ignoring illegals and violence
rather adopting a son of crime
turning their backs upon America
who today remembers so much
hot embers history to touch!

Author’s Note: Knowing your love of historical and military trivia, I thought you might enjoy this, a recent discovery by me about September 11 and Vienna.

Reference the history below, 11 September is celebrated in Vienna as Fleischknödeltag (meat dumpling day). I did not know why but recently discovered that fleischknödel (a dumpling filled with meat) were used in the Viennese cannons on September 10, 1683 against the invading Turks when they ran out of regular cannon balls.

They used pork inside, very significant, for the Turks refused to cross the line where the pork fleischknödel hit. Thus, Vienna was saved from the Turkish invasion.

Israel did the same thing in the war for independence in 1947, using matzoh balls filled with pork. Only reformed Jews were used on the cannons, as the more religious Jews refused to touch the pork. This is still a state secret in Israel, but it is well know that only reformed Jews are used in the Israeli Army Artillery!!!

How long do some remember historical dates?

King Jan III Sobieski
King Jan III Sobieski
On September 10, 1683, the papal legate sang a great outdoor mass on the Kahlenberg, west of Vienna, for King Jan III Sobieski and his 16,000 troops. The king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had been named commander of the field army of some 85,000 troops, including not only the Polish-Lithuanian contingent, but also troops of the Habsburg Monarchy, Bavaria, Saxony, Franconia, Swabia, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and the Zaporozhian Cossacks – – collectively: the Holy League.

Besieging the city were 150,000 troops of the Ottoman Empire, including 70,000 Janissaries led by Grand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha. This was not the first time the Gates of Vienna had been attacked by the world’s then-superpower. The first bombardment had been in 1529, and there had been others since; but Vienna still stood. The Sultan had come to uncork the Danube Valley and open the way into Central Europe. Hungary was already his, and the Balkans, and years had been spent planning and organizing this siege.

The Walls of Vienna
The Walls of Vienna. The protrusions are called bastions. The triangular fortifications in front of the walls are called ravelins. The cathedral in the center of town is St. Stephan’s (Stephandom) known locally as “Steffl” (Stevie).

Sultan Mehmet IVKing Jan III Sobieski
King Jan III Sobieski (left) and Sultan Mehmet IV (right): Note that Muslims had no problem depicting human figures in their art. Note also that they weren’t into perspective. The Renaissance passed them by.

The Vienna garrison of 11,000 soldiers and 5,000 citizens, Ernst Rüdiger Graf von Starhemberg commanding, were cut off and starving. The Turks had made the traditional offer of surrender, but when Perchtoldsdorf to the south had accepted the offer, her people had been massacred and enslaved, so there was no thought of surrender. If Vienna went down, she would go down like Constantinople: fighting.

The Hungarians were Turkish vassals and tried to attack Poland after Jan Sobieski left, but the Lithuanian contingent had been marching behind and defeated them. The Duke of Lorraine defeated another Hungarian force northwest of Vienna, which opened a route for the Bavarians, Saxons, and the other German States. Only Louis XIV of France had refused the Pope’s rally call and used the opportunity to seize Hapsburg territories in the Elsass and other parts of southern Germany. (The Elsass (Alsace) would eventually become part of France.) Dead Jannisaries on the field were found to have French money on them; and a French engineer had helped them during the siege.

September 8, the Turks brought down the Burg bastion and the Löbel bastion, and the Graf von Starhemberg prepared to fight in the streets. But as the relief army crossed the mountains, the Khan of the Crimea failed to block them – some say because he felt snubbed by the pasha. Also in the Turkish army were less-than-enthusiastic vassals George Prince Ducas of Moldavia and Şerban Prince Cantacuzino of Wallachia – essentially: the Romanians. They had tried to warn the West about the impending invasion and had supplied troops only under duress. Some stories contend that the Romanians loaded their cannons with balls of straw so as to not contribute to the siege. (This is a neat trick, but the Romanians pulled it off again in 1945, when they switched to the allied side while still occupied by German armies.)

In the walls of the Griechenbeisl on Fleischmarkt are embedded to this day three Turkish cannonballs. (This is the oldest restaurant in Vienna, and features walls with the scribbled autographs of people who have dined there: Mozart, Beethoven, Mark Twain, etc.)

When the relief armies reached the Kahlenberg, they lit bonfires and the effect on von Starhemberg and the desperate defenders can only be imagined. Perhaps Scott Key spying the banner above Ft. McHenry or the marines on Iwo Jima seeing the flag unroll atop Mt. Suribachi might understand.

The cavalry had come to the rescue.

Duke of LorraineThe Turks hastened to finish a new mine under the Löbel bastion, filled it with gunpowder, and sealed it off. But von Starhemberg detected the mine and the Austrians dug a countermine, and an heroic Hapsburg soldier rushed into the chamber and extinguished the fuse, saving the wall from final breach.

The Duke of Lorraine was on the left and the German States under the Electors of Saxony and Bavaria in the center. For a first hand account with the usual uncertainties and misspellings, see: Giacomo di Grasse. While Lorraine, Saxony, and Bavaria had been fighting on the left and center, Sobieski had held the cavalry back on the right, on the high ground. When the moment came, he launched downhill the largest cavalry charge in history, led by the famous “Winged Hussars” of Poland. Ahead of the charge the Turks were bombarded with cannonballs made from Fleischknödel filled with pork. The Turks refused to cross the lines where the pork hit. On September 11-12, 1683, the jihad broke and ran from the Gates of Vienna, leaving 20,000 dead, and all their cannon behind.

Jan Sobieski

After the battle, von Starhemberg emerged from the battered and starving city and kissed Jan Sobieski, calling him his “savior.” For his failure, Kara Mustafa Pasha was executed in Belgrade on 25 December by order of the commander of the Janissaries. He was strangled with a silk rope pulled by several men on each end.

The consequences for Europe were incalculable. All one need do is consider that the countries once ruled by the Turks remain to this day the poorest and most backward in Europe.

After September 11, 1683, no jihadi force attacked on Western land until 2001: on September 11, just to make their point.