We are taking over your land! Please do not be offended!
732, (before the battle)
Now that we are at the Pyrenees mountains, let's settle down
Prepare to plunder the Frankish territories
Yes, General Abd er Rahman!
During the battle...
At last.....we have met
Do not be afraid.....we are only taking your land
You think we are afraid of people like you?!!? We are prepared for battle
The Muslims in Spain threatened French territories for some years.
At the time of the battle
Charge and attack! Try to break through their defense!
Withhold their attack!
In 732 Abd er Rahman, governor of Spain, marched over the Pyrenees, possibly to end the unrest on his northern border, but more likely to plunder the Frankish territories.
After the battle...
We will meet again!
Run and never come back!
Though the exact location remains unknown, most historians assume that the two armies met each other where the rivers Clain and Vienne join between Tours and Poitiers. For six days the two armies watched each other, with just minor skirmishes. Neither of them wanted to attack.
Come taste our bread! Baked in the form of an Islamic crescent, celebrate the victory with us!
Muslims, in their cavalry, were armed with long lances, long swords, and spears. They were told to charge repeatedly at the enemy. However, the Frankish infantry stood up against the charges, and were able to hold off the Muslims. The battle lasted one day, ending with the Muslims retreating during the night.
The Arab army retreated back south over the Pyrenees Mountains. Charles, who earned his nickname Hammer/Martel in this battle, drove the Muslims the from the area between Arles and Avignon. He would continue by defeating the Muslims once more in a battle near the River Berre near Narbonne.
Yes, we get it! Okay, okay, we retreat!
The victory at the Battle of Tours was celebrated by Frankish bakers who fashioned bread in the form of the Islamic crescent and served it to celebrating Franks who devoured the symbol of the invader. Today, the French croissant still has pride of place on most French breakfast tables.