For hundreds of years, Malta stood against the enemies of Christ's Church. The Great Siege of Malta occurred in 1565, when the Catholics overcame the Muslims.
It was a miracle that the battle was won. This graph shows the sides.
|The Knights Hospitaller||The Ottomans|
|500 Knights Hospitaller||6,000 Spahis (cavalry)|
|400 Spanish soldiers||500 Spahis from Karamania|
|800 Italian soldiers||6,000 Janissaries|
|500 soldiers from the galleys (Spanish Empire)||400 adventurers from Mytheline|
|200 Greek and Sicilian soldiers||2,500 Spahis from Rouania|
|100 soldiers of the garrison of Fort St. Elmo||3,500 adventurers from Rouania|
|100 servants of the knights||4,000 "religious servants"|
|500 galley slaves||6,000 other volunteers|
|3,000 soldiers drawn from the Maltese population||Various corsairs from Tripoli and Algiers|
|Total: 6,100||Total: 28,500 from the East, 48,000 in all|