The Battle of Austerlitz was one of the major turning points of the Napoleonic Wars. It was a significant victory for the French, who named a railway station in Paris after it.
On 2nd December 1805, Napoleon's army met those of Tsar Alexander I and Emperor Francis II of Austria at Austerlitz, now known as Slavkov, near Brno in what is now the Czech Republic. It is estimated that Napoleon had around 65-75,000 men, and the combined Russian and Austrian armies 73-85,000. The Allies, under Weyrother, decided to attack Napoleon's right flank, to clear a path south to Vienna. Napoleon, anticipating this, made the right flank look all the more tempting by thinning out the troops massed there. When the Allies attacked, the French countered against their weakened centre. The village of Sokolnitz, in the middle of the enormous battlefield, changed hands several times during the course of the day. Eventually the French pushed the Russians and Austrians back, forcing them to retreat. While the French lost 1,305 killed, 6,940 wounded, and 573 captured, the Allied casualties were far greater: 15,000 killed and wounded, as well as 12,000 captured.
On 2nd December 2005 over 4,000 enthusiasts from 23 different countries gathered in Slavkov to reenact the battle to celebrate its bicentennial anniversary.
A gripping account of the lead up to the battle, and the conflict itself