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The Siege Of Szigetvar, 1566
We’ve already talked about the Habsburg Empire as the aggressor in one of these last stands, so here’s a story in which they were on the other side of the equation. In the 16th century, Ottoman Emperor Suleiman was steadily expanding his kingdom into Europe.
In 1566, Suleiman pushed into the newly conquered Hungary, where he came into conflict with Count Nikola Zrinski, a wealthy landowner with his own army. The Ottomans charged on Zrinski’s home base at Szigetvar, kicking off a siege that would last an entire month. Zrinski’s troops received no support from the Habsburgs in Vienna but still managed to hold the Ottomans off for a solid month.
Their final assault ended with the death of Zrinski and the destruction of his castle by a booby-trap he’d left behind that killed thousands of Ottoman soldiers.