Austerlitz: Napoleon's Masterpiece

Austerlitz: Napoleon's Masterpiece

The Anniversary Reenactment Tour

BattlefieldHistory

Austerlitz: Napoleon's Masterpiece

The Anniversary Reenactment Tour

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Tour Introduction

We spend a fascinating long weekend exploring the whole battlefield, which has changed little over the years, and intermingling with the numerous participants preparing for the spectacular anniversary re-enactment that will be taking place near the actual battlefield. Highlights of the tour will be a lunch spent in the Post House where we will take the opportunity to sample the house delicacy, the 'Santon Cannonball’. Napoleon devised his strategy here with his Marshals some days before the battle and slept here the night after. We will also have dinner in Austerlitz Chateau, where the Emperors Francis II and Alexander I spent the night before the battle. Based out of our fourstar hotel in Brno, we will also be able to enjoy its magical Christmas Market and sample a Gluhwein or two.

Background

The battle of Austerlitz fought on the 2nd of December 1805 saw Napoleon decisively defeat the combined armies of Russia and Austria bringing the Third Coalition to its knees in front of an astonished Europe. Fighting on a field of his own choosing, Napoleon used the rolling countryside to conceal his troops waiting to spring their master's trap. By ostensibly showing his weakness by surrendering the high ground, the over confident Allied army was drawn forward exposing its flanks and rear to counter attack by Marshal Soult. However, despite the apparent gullibility of the Allied commanders, the tenacity of the Russian soldiers ensured that Napoleon’s victory was harder won than he might have expected.

Highlights

  • With TCE director Alan Rooney
  • Fabulous scenic walking
  • Lunch at Napoleon's headquarters
  • Dinner at Austerlitz castle

"Having read ‘War & Peace’, Austerlitz was on my wish list and this holiday fulfilled my two current passions: History and Walking. Mr Rooney was extremely knowledgeable regarding matters Napoleonic"

Itinerary

Day 1 - Schongraben

Fly London to Vienna. En-route to our hotel in Brno, we will visit Schongraben, the scene of Bagration’s valiant rear-guard action immortalised in War and Peace. Check-in to our hotel for three nights. Talk on ‘Background to the 1805 Campaign’.

Day 2 - The battle of Austerlitz

This morning we examine the northern sector: Soult's headquarters at Slapanitz, Napoleon’s headquarters upon the Zuran, Caferelli's attacks on Blazovitz, the great cavalry battles between Murat and Liechtenstein and the reinforced Santon Hill. Lunch is taken at the Post House. This afternoon we look at the central and southern sectors: the Memorial of Peace and museum on the Pratzen Heights, Przbyswki's and Langeron's attacks on Sokolnitz Castle, Pheasantry and granary, Tellnitz, the route of the divisions of Vandamme and Saint Hillaire as they launched their attacks on the Pratzen Heights, the Stare Vinohrady ending our day above the Satchan lakes. Supper will be taken in the kitchens at Austerlitz Chateau.

Day 3 - The 213th anniversary re-enactment of the battle

Past events have involved thousands of participants and are usually well attended, creating an almost carnival atmosphere with hot chocolate and mulled wine in abundance (essential at this time of year!). In Slavkov (the Czech name for Austerlitz) we will see the Allied marching troops being reviewed by their respective emperors and enjoy the traditional winter street fair. We will have time to explore the armies’ camps, and who knows, even catch a glimpse of Napoleon himself. After returning to our hotel we spend our last evening at an atmospheric city restaurant.

Day 4 - Home

We visit Spaleny Mill, where Emperors Napoleon and Francis met 2 days later to discuss terms. We continue to Vienna and visit its famous military museum before taking our return flight to London.

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  • On the Zuran, Alan explains the movement of French corps & Allied columns
  • Spaleny Mill, Alan explains how Emperor Franz and Napoleon discussed peace
  • Participants parade from the field Austrian heavy cavalry
  • Imperial Guard Grenadiers lead the French column
  • French Imperial Guard meets the attack with a volley
  • French Foot Artillery deploys
  • Fifes & drums, French Line infantry
  • Austrian Uhlans support the Allied infantry but are pursued by French Imper
  • With Prince Lichtenstein, the Emperor and Marshal Berthier at Chateau Auste
  • Austerlitz Château exterior

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See some of the photos taken on our trip to Austerlitz in 2017 here

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