800th Anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Tolosa

It was 800 years ago today- July 16, 1212- that occurred one of the most significant battles in the conflict between Europeans and Moslems, the Battle of the Plains of Tolosa, usually refered to in Spanish as the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa.

After conquering North Africa, Moslem armies invaded Europe through Spain, and were not defeated until the Battle of Tours in 732. The Moslems retreated, but continued to occupy Spain. Around this time Christians on the Iberian peninsula began fighting to drive out the invaders. This effort continued until 1492, when the last Arab emirate was defeated.

Highlights include the Battle of Clavijo, source of the legend of Santiago Matamoros. But Las Navas de Tolosa is important because for one, it united the different Spanish kingdoms, which were not united at this time, Portugal, and other Christian military forces. 50,000 attacked a Moslem army of 200,000 and routed them, inflicting as many as 150,000 casualties.

Our enemies are fundamentally very weak. They rely on noise and intimidation, cruelty and fear. Confronted with a united, disciplined force, they scatter.

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5 Responses to 800th Anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Tolosa

  1. joetexx says:

    Viva Cristo el Rey!
    Viva Santiago Matamoros!
    Viva Alfonso the Noble, warrior of the Cross, and confusion to the Almohad paynim!

  2. PA says:

    Interesting coincidence, or syncrornicity, as Auster woudl say. I’ve just finished reading about the Battle of Tours. The battle was won because Martel outlasted his adversary in a test of patience.

    Our enemies are fundamentally very weak. They rely on noise and intimidation, cruelty and fear. Confronted with a united, disciplined force, they scatter.

    At the instinctual level they know this and it is difficult to overstate their latent fear of this fact. This fear is the reason they are so touhyper-sensitive about every real and perceived slight.

  3. Ryu says:

    I believe that the white man can do anything he sets his mind to. One day, I hope to train with all WNs I know in person and prove it.

  4. ANTI-RACIST says:

    Too bad white females LOVE cock of colour!

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