on the battle
The Rise of the Eagle - the premier play-by-email Napoleonic
as Napoleon Bonaparte's
greatest victory, Austerlitz was a sublime trap that destroyed
the armies of his enemies Russia and Austria.
his opponents into thinking he was weaker than he actually
was, and then calling in nearby reinforcements, Bonaparte
initially met the combined Allied army of 85,000 men and
278 guns with just 66,000 men.
The French emperor deliberately abandoned a strong central
position on the Pratzen Heights and left his right flank
Allies eagerly moved forward to occupy the heights and then
weakened the centre to crush the French right.
the bulk of Austrian and Russian troops attacked, Marshal
Davout's III Corp arrived to bolster the French line.
more and more Allied troops sucked into the attack, Bonaparte
launched an assault that took back the Pratzen Heights and
split the enemy.
After much hard fighting the French crushed the Allies.
Thousands of fleeing troops drowned when a frozen lake split
under the weight of men and guns.
losses amounted to 8000 while the Russian and Austrian emperors,
present at the battle, saw more than 27,000 men killed,
wounded and captured. Bonaparte also captured 180 cannon.