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Austerlitz 1805: The Fate of Empires (Campaign #101)
by Ian Castle
The Battle of Austerlitz is, after Waterloo, probably the most famous land battle of the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first campaign which Napoleon waged as Emperor of France and the first great test for his Grande Armee after years of preparation in the 'camps of Boulogne'. At the end of August 1805, even before Nelson's crushing defeat of the combined Franco-Spanish fleet ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by Praeger Publishers
(first published March 20th 2002)
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Now, conjure this image. A commander looks into the future and guesses at his enemies' moves. He leaves high ground for the enemy to move onto and hold. He places a weak force on his right flank to lure the enemy off the heights to attack this enticing sacrificial lamb. Then, with his forces hidden behind another rise, he attacks the heights abandoned by the enemy to pierce their center and "roll up" both flanks. Key question: How could anyone be so stupid as to do what this prescient commander ...more
Very comprehend book centered on battle of Austerlitz. The text, illustrations and maps are well done and they are very informative. There were also lots of interesting facts not only about the battle but also about political significance of it.
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