Friday, April 1, 2016
Army Of King John III Sobieski of Poland 5.7.1983
The two stamps on this Polish FDC are part of a 5 stamp set of stamps each of which depicts various arms of the Army Of King John III Sobieski of Poland. These to stamps depict infantry non-commissioned officers.
John III Sobieski (17 August 1629 – 17 June 1696), from 1674 until his death King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, was one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Sobieski's military skill, demonstrated in wars against the Ottoman Empire, contributed to his prowess as King of Poland. Sobieski's 22-year reign marked a period of the Commonwealth's stabilization, much needed after the turmoil of the Deluge and the Khmelnytsky Uprising. Popular among his subjects, he was an able military commander, most famous for his victory over the Turks at the 1683 Battle of Vienna. After his victories over them, the Ottomans called him the "Lion of Lechistan"; and the Pope called him the savior of Christendom.