Thousands of people attended the annual re-enactment of the historic Battle
of Austerlitz in South Moravia on Saturday afternoon. Around 1,000 military
buffs staged the re-enactment of the operation in which Napoleon Bonaparte
defeated the armies of Russian Tzar Alexander I and Austrian Emperor Franz
The Battle of Three Emperors took place on December 2, 1805 near the town of Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German), south of Brno. 20,000 men were killed in action. The battle’s re-enactment is a popular event accompanied by craft and food fairs.
Three former police officers are being investigated in connection with the robbery of CZK 77 million at Slavkov near Brno in 2006. One of the ex-officers is also suspected of the murder of a member of the team manning the Brink’s security van carrying the money, the head of the police’s organised crime unit said on Wednesday. The body of one of the five-member gang was recently discovered buried near Brno on land owned by another reported suspect. The robbery was one of the biggest in Czech history.
Around 8,500 people turned out to watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Austerlitz (known in Czech as Slavkov) on Saturday. The event was held at Tvarožná, just outside Brno. Around 900 costumed participants and 60 horses were involved in the two-hour re-enactment of one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s greatest victories, when he defeated the forces of Austria and Russia on December 2, 1805. Organisers said next year’s event would be considerably bigger as it will be the 210th anniversary of what is also known as the Battle of Three Emperors.
Some 10,000 people witnessed the re-enactment of the Battle of Austerlitz near Slavkov, in southern Moravia on Saturday, 207 years after Napoleon’s army beat the Russian and Austrian troops there. 900 people from 11 countries with 60 horses and 15 cannons reenacted parts of the battle on Saturday; this year, they focused on the closing phases and the retreat of the Austrian and Russian armies from the battlefield.
The international Austerlitz Grand Prix wine exhibition ended on Saturday with awards for a Riesling by Brno vintner Oldřich Drápal. A variety of Cahors from Moldavia won the liqueur category of the exhibition. The Austerlitz Grand Prix recalls the 1805 Battle of the Three Emperors, in which Napoleon defeated the Russian and Austrian Empires. Only wines from countries involved in the battle or their allies may compete in the contest. 140 wines were chosen for the final selection, 80 of which were Moravian or Bohemian.
This weekend saw the largest re-enactment of a Napoleonic battle in the history of central Europe. Tens of thousands of people braved the bitter cold on Saturday for the bicentennial staging of the 'Battle of the Three Emperors' of 2 December 1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte's greatest victory. On the rolling hills and fields outside Austerlitz, now Slavkov in South Moravia, the young French emperor outwitted a much larger Russo-Austrian force -- a feat of which he would be proud to his dying day. Taking part in the re-enactment on Saturday were some four
The re-enactment of the battle of Three Emperors, on the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's great victory at Austerlitz - or Slavkov, as it is known in Czech - has left several people injured. Doctors said a number of "soldiers" were taken to hospital with bone fractures, eye injuries and even hypothermia. Four thousand history buffs and enthusiasts from 33 countries took part in the biggest ever reconstruction of a Napoleonic battle - performing for a crowd of 30, 000 spectators. The event was screened live by Czech television.
Thousands of people have converged on Slavkov, in the southeast of the Czech Republic, for a re-enactment of the battle of the Three Emperors, Napoleon's great victory at Austerlitz. On December 2th 1805, Napoleon's army of around 75,000 crushed a superior force of Russians and Austrians in a battle that historians describe as a masterpiece of military strategy. The re-enactment of the Battle of Three Emperors, on its bicentenary, is said to be the biggest re-enactment of a Napoleonic battle in Europe. Participants from around the world are taking part -Napoleon himself is played by an American - and the event has attracted government officials, military buffs and historians from across Europe. Hotels in the area have been booked for up to two years in advance. Czech television is screening the event live.
Friday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the "Battle of Three Emperors" -- Napoleon's decisive victory over the Austrian and Russian armies on the Moravian plains near the town of Austerliz, or Slavkov as it's known in Czech. In 1805, the region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the locals considered themselves on the losing side of the battle.