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Austerlitz 1805: The Fate of Empires (Osprey Campaign #101)

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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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Declan Waters
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Austerlitz saw the destruction of the Austrian army and defeat of the Russian army by Napoleon in 1805. Thus ended the third coalition against Napoleon.

A very clear, concise record of the battle taking into account views and information from the allied side, as well as the victorious French side. With the clear maps, 3D representations of the battlefield, and a review of the lead up and impact of the battle. Recommended for anyone with an interest in Napoleonic warfare.
Steven Peterson
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Matimate
Mar 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2008
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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OK overview of the preceding Ulm to Brunau campaign and condensed description of the battle.
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Dry but good overview.
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