A little under 1300 years ago, Charles the Hammer won the defining battle for the future of Europe at Tours France.
The Battle of Tours:
October 10, 732 AD marks the conclusion of the Battle of Tours, arguably one of the most decisive battles in all of history.
A Moslem army, in a crusading search for land and the end of Christianity, after the conquest of Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, began to invade Western Europe under the leadership of Abd-er Rahman, governor of Spain. Abd-er Rahman led an infantry of 60,000 to 400,000 soldiers across the Western Pyrenees and toward the Loire River, but they were met just outside the city of Tours by Charles Martel, known as the Hammer, and the Frankish Army.
Martel gathered his forces directly in the path of the oncoming Moslem army and prepared to defend themselves by using a phalanx style of combat. The invading Moslems rushed forward, relying on the slashing tactics and overwhelming number of horsemen that had brought them victories in the past. However, the French Army, composed of foot soldiers armed only with swords, shields, axes, javelins, and daggers, was well trained. Despite the effectiveness of the Moslem army in previous battles, the terrain caused them a disadvantage. Their strength lied within their cavalry, armed with large swords and lances, which along with their baggage mules, limited their mobility. The French army displayed great ardency in withstanding the ferocious attack. It was one of the rare times in the Middle Ages when infantry held its ground against a mounted attack. The exact length of the battle is undetermined; Arab sources claim that it was a two day battle whereas Christian sources hold that the fighting clamored on for seven days. In either case, the battle ended when the French captured and killed Abd-er Rahman. The Moslem army withdrew peacefully overnight and even though Martel expected a surprise retaliation, there was none. For the Moslems, the death of their leader caused a sharp setback and they had no choice but to retreat back across the Pyrenees, never to return again.
Not only did this prove to be an extremely decisive battle for the Christians, but the Battle of Tours is considered the high water mark of the Moslem invasion of Western Europe.
In recent times some have come to belief that Europe and France in particular has and is being probed by the same forces that attacked it all those centuries ago.
Virtually, philosophically and at times in reality France has been under attack and in flames
The political focus of the Left in Europe has been more interested in proving to the world that the United States is the World's Greatest Terrorist State, than taking action against the real thing inside their borders.
There have been some hopeful signs recently that the Conservative Right has not only turned it's attention to this danger, but has galvanized the populace.
One case in point has been the recent French Parliamentary Elections.
The Blue areas are the Conservative Party in case you have some doubt.
This trend first became noticeable earlier this Spring during the Presidential Elections and appears to have broadened.
One hopes these events are signs that the Legacy of Charles the Hammer has not died.
There were some extreme reactions to these turns of events.
One wonders if there will be another round of the same violence in responce to these newest election results.
We must wish and hope for the New French Government the Best.
Otherwise the Map of the French Presidential Elections above?
May be dupiicated before the end of this Century, but instead of demarking French Political Parties it may mark the boundaries of the Sixth Republic and the Kaliphate of Paris.
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