1805’s Battle of Austerlitz erupts in quiet chateau grounds
Around 50 members of military history clubs and extras gathered for battle reconstructions as part of the Emperor’s Faithful programme of events.
The “renewed hostilities” – brought to life in chateau grounds in Čechy pod Kosířem, near Prostějov, Central Moravia – re-enacted Battle of Austerlitz (or “Battle of Slavkov”) clashes between Napoleon’s forces and a far large Russian and Austrian army led by Czar Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II which took place in December 1805.
Cavalry and cannon regiments were prominent as battle was joined. Pictured are French field infantry cannoneers with a four-pounder cannon. The Battle of Austerlitz, one of the most decisive engagements of the Napoleonic Wars, is often cited as the greatest victory achieved by the French emperor.