Thursday, December 2, 2010

Battle of Austerlitz

'The Battle of Austerlitz, fought against an enemy of great valour but slender experience, was not of a very complicated character.  The Russians, we have seen, were extending their line to extend the French flank.  Marshal Davoust, with a division of infantry, and another of dragoons, was placed behind the convent of Raygern, to oppose the forces destined for this manoeuver, at the moment when they should conceive the point carried...'

The Battle of Austerlitz, covered in Sir Walter Scott's "The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" (above), took place on December 2, 1805.  It was Napoleon's greatest victory, in which the Russians and Austrians were defeated.

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