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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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For God and Emperor

For God and Emperor

The Relief of Vienna

(p.38) Chapter 2 For God and Emperor
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the Siege of Vienna, which remains one of the great set pieces of Austrian and indeed European history. From a tactical viewpoint its significance lies entirely in the defensive brilliance of the Austrian Stadtkommandant, Ernst Rudiger Starhemberg, and the subsequent character of the city's relief by a multinational force. In terms of military prestige, its effects were more widely felt. Vienna had withstood an ordeal no major European city had ever experienced. Austria's role as a bulwark of Christendom was loudly proclaimed and its army celebrated for saving Europe from the Turks. The events of 1683 burnished the reputation of the Habsburgs' armed forces, giving them confidence to face the struggles ahead, especially to the east.

Keywords:   Siege of Vienna, Habsburg army, Austrian army, Ernst Rudiger Starhemberg, Turks

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