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Battle of Austerlitz
Part of the War of the Third Coalition
Colored painting showing Napoleon on a white horse and General Rapp galloping towards Napoleon to present the captured Austrian standards
Napoléon at the Battle of Austerlitz, by François Gérard (Galerie des Batailles, Versailles)
Date 2 December 1805
Austerlitz, Moravia, Austrian Empire
(now Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic)
49°8′N 16°46′E / 49.133°N 16.767°E / 49.133; 16.767

Decisive French victory

Dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and creation of the Confederation of the Rhine
Commanders and leaders
Napoleon I
65,000–68,000 (not including III Corps) 84,000–95,000
Casualties and losses
  • 1,305 dead
  • 6,940 wounded
  • 8,245 total casualties
  • 573 captured
  • 1 standard lost
Total: 9,000
  • 16,000 dead or wounded
  • 20,000 captured
  • 186 guns lost
  • 45 standards lost
Total: 36,000

In the battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon Bonaparte fought Russian and Austrian troops. The battle took place near Austerlitz (now in the Czech Republic) in 1805. Napoleon’s big victory let him create the Confederation of the Rhine. The book War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy contains a detailed description of the battle.

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