This all-new volume chronicles the events that climaxed on the field of Austerlitz in one of the most famous battles of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Not only was it the first campaign that Napoleon waged as Emperor of France, but also the first great test for his Grande Armée. The Emperor himself regarded it as his greatest victory and it undoubtedly won him a mastery of Europe that would remain unbroken for almost a decade. Most accounts of the campaign have until now been based almost exclusively on French sources, but following extensive research in the Austrian archives Ian Castle is now able to provide a far more balanced account of Austerlitz.
About the Author
Ian Castle was a founder member of the Napoleonic Association in 1975. Since then he has made an extensive study of the Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars period and is recognized as a leading English-language authority on the subject. He has written several books and numerous articles on the subject, including Campaign 33 Aspern & Wagram 1809 and Campaign 56 Eggmühl 1809.
Table of ContentsThe Road to War/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/Opening Moves/The Battle of Austerlitz/The Aftermath/The Battlefield today/Bibliography/Index