In this authoritative and beautifully illustrated new account of Napoleon's greatest victory and the campaign that preceded it, Ian Castle sheds new light on the actions of the commanders and questions the assumptions - and explores the myths - that have shaped our understanding of the event ever since. His account follows every twist and turn of a war that was fought out across central Europe two centuries ago. In particular he reconstructs the course of the action in every sector of the Austerlitz battlefield, using French, Austrian and Russian records, and re-evaluates the place of the battle in the history and mythology of the Napoleonic era.
Ian Castle is a leading historian of the Napoleonic Wars, he is a co-founder of the Napoleonic Association and he is also an authority on British colonial campaigns in southern Africa. His books include studies of the battles of Aspern and Wagram as well as volumes on the Zulu War and Majuba Hill.