The “Kalabalik” at Bender

PrEtzel built a very detailed historical scene that tells the amusing story of the Swedish king Charles XII and his soldiers fighting the Turks army. The situation is so funny that I have copied PrEtzel’s description and paste it at the end of this post.

The above picture shows the fighting scene in the exterior while the next picture shows the fully detailed events in the building’s interior.

“After the great defeat of the Swedish Carolean army at the Battle of Poltava and the Surrender at Perevolochna in 1709, the Swedish king Charles XII fled with the small remains of his once great army to the Ottoman Empire. The Swedes got to stay at the village of Warnitza near the town of Bender in present day Moldavia while the king and his diplomats tried to intrigue the Ottoman Grand Vizier and Sultan to engage at war with Russia. After more than 3 years the Turks became tired of their guests and on the 1 of February they attacked the Swedish camp to throw them out. The Turkish army is estimated to have been about 6000-10000 men strong while the Swedes only had about 1000 men. Most of the Swedish soldiers realized the hopeless situation and surrender to the Turks before any fighting begun, but the ever so stubborn, brave and somewhat reckless Charles XII refused to surrender. Together with about 50 soldiers he barricaded himself inside the King’s House, a large building that the Swedes had built in their camp.

The fight continued the whole day as the king and his brave men fought of wave after wave of Turkish soldiers. Eventually the Turks managed to set the house’s roof on fire. The Swedes tried to put out the fire but to their misfortune the only liquids they had available was liquor and wine which only increased the fire. This was also the only beverages that the Swedes had to drink and some sure got a bit too fussy to fight properly after that. As the fire spread the Swedish soldiers decided to leave the house for another building on stone that was placed not far across the courtyard. During their break-out the king, maybe a bit tipsy from the wine, tripped on his own spurs and was quickly captured by the Turks. The aftermath became that the Swedes eventually had to leave the Ottoman Empire but also that a new word was brought into the Swedish language. The Turkish word for crowd was kalabalik, which after this event became a word also in Swedish, here however with the meaning “confusion” or “great disorder”.” – description originally written by PrEtzel at Eurobricks.

See the full gallery of pictures here.

Tower In Turkey

-Infomaniac- brings us an interesting fortified tower in middle east.

“This section of town has been taken over by the crusaders on their holy quest to retake Jerusalem. The wooden structure has slits to allow archers to fire bows through at the enemy” by -Infomaniac-.

See more details at flickr.