Battle Story: Austerlitz 1805

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Written by experts for non-experts, this accessible and informed book about the Battle of Austerlitz, one of Napoleon's greatest victories

At the end of November 1805, Napoleon decided to launch one more plan to lure the Austrians and Russians into battle by appearing to order his forces to retreat and letting it be known that he did not want to face his enemies on the field. Eventually, the Allies fell for his plan and decided to attack what they saw as a weakening force, ...

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Overview

Written by experts for non-experts, this accessible and informed book about the Battle of Austerlitz, one of Napoleon's greatest victories

At the end of November 1805, Napoleon decided to launch one more plan to lure the Austrians and Russians into battle by appearing to order his forces to retreat and letting it be known that he did not want to face his enemies on the field. Eventually, the Allies fell for his plan and decided to attack what they saw as a weakening force, just outside the town of Austerlitz. Napoleon was weaker in numbers, but had had time to plan and examine the battlefield closely. He had his enemies where he wanted them. It was a fiercely contested battle, but Napoleon had the upper hand and destroyed a third of the Russian-Austrian force, with 15,000 casualties and 12,000 prisoners. In comparison, he had only lost 8,000 men. He was victorious and regarded it as one of his greatest triumphs, paving the way for French dominance in Europe for the next decade.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752488011
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Series: Battle Story
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Fremont-Barnes is the author of The Boer War 1899-1902, Napoleon Bonaparte, and The Wars of the Barbary Pirates.
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