Eight thousand spectators watch re-enactment of Battle of Austerlitz

04-12-2011

Around eight thousand people braved the weather and arrived at the site of the historic Battle of Austerlitz in South Moravia on Saturday afternoon to watch a re-enactment of the 1805 battle. Some 900 military buffs took part in the annual re-enactment of the operation in which Napoleon defeated the armies of Russian Tzar Alexander I and Austrian Emperor Franz I. Around 20,000 men were killed in the combat, also known as the Battle of Three Emperors, which took place on December 2, 1805 near the town of Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German), south of Brno.