This day (12 September) in 1683 was the high point of the Second Jihad. On this date the Siege of Vienna ended after a combined force led by John III Sobieski of Poland defeated the Turkish invaders.But, as Dick Howe notes from time to time, all politics (and war is an extension of politics) is local. And all anniversaries are personal.
The battle raged for 15 hours before the Turkish invaders were driven from their trenches. The red tent of the grand vizier was blown up, but he escaped while thousands of members of his routed army were slaughtered or taken prisoner. Reports stated that it took the armies and the Viennese a week to collect the booty that was left behind in the Turkish camp.
Regards — Cliff