Turgut Reis

The Great Siege of Malta, May 18 – September 11, 1565

The Ottomans should have taken the city, but Malta’s defenders and the arrival of a relief army of Spanish soldiers turned the tide. Many historians believe that, had Turgut lived, the siege would have been successful.

How the Ottoman admiral Turgut Reis died during the Siege of Malta

Described as the greatest disciple of Khairedihn (Hayreddin Barbarossa), he emerged as a successful pupil and managed to maintain Ottoman dominance in the Mediterranean despite all the difficulties. Many historians believe that, had he lived, the siege of Malta would have succeeded.