Today, 7th of October is the anniversary of the glorious battle of Lepanto (7 October 1571). One of the most important conflicts between Christian Europe and the Islamic hordes of Ottomans, a battle which shaped the future of our beloved continent which we, as Europeans today, shall always remember and use as inspiration for the many battles to come.
The battle of Lepanto was naval and was fought between the Christian European fleet and the Islamic Ottoman fleet. One of the major European forces was the fleet of the Republic of Venice, “La Serenissima”, which sacrificed thousands of men in one of the most violent naval battles in history.
The Battle of Lepanto was massive and as a consequence, the number of casualties was enormous, especially for the losing side (the Ottomans). 30.000 sailors died that day, only 7.500 of them were Christians. Of the 7.500 Christian casualties, more than half (4.700) were part of the Venitian fleet which was led by the extraordinary heroes Sebastiano Venier and Agostino Barbarigo.
Today we remember those 7.500 heroes who died to defend Europe from utter annihilation and complete Islamization. Islam has changed its ways to wage war to us Europeans but the plan remains the same one that the Ottomans and the Moors had centuries ago: conquering our homelands and bringing Islam to Europe. Our politicians have betrayed us and opened the gates to the enemy, but as our ancestors did in Lepanto, we will fight and we will succeed.