Blessed narrates this thorough documentary into Napoleon Bonaparte's
greatest victory and does so with a passion that one finds irresistible.
if the events surrounding the French emperor's crushing campaign
victory are not enough, Blessed's use of his voice adds a huge amount
of excitement to its portrayal.
addition, the team that put History of Warfare: Austerlitz 1805
together has used actors speaking French and German to voice the
memoirs of the esteemed Jean-Roch Coignet and an Austrian, General
you may not understand their languages - don't worry it is subtitled
- the use of these actors gives excellent flavour and historical
context to what they are saying.
weight to the whole project is the doyen of Napoleonic experts,
Dr David Chandler, who gives his views on the campaign with his
usual barely contained excitement.
Line of Fire: Austerlitz,
the first stage of this documentary sets the political scene and
the opening moves of the campaign, and is very useful for explaining
just why Austerlitz was so crucial to Bonaparte's hold on power.
use of a simple but easy to understand series of maps shows the
Allied campaign plans to attack France from four directions and
how Bonaparte tricked them all into thinking he was still camped
on the English Channel, while in fact his Grande Armee was quickly
closing on unsuspecting Austrian forces.
capitulation of General Mack at Ulm and the subsequent retreat of
Russia's General Kutusov had the worn-out French in a bit of a predicament.
To ensure a decisive victory Bonaparte had to smash the remaining
Allied armies and so set after Kutusov.
he closed on them near Austerlitz and, by feigning weakness, lured
them into attacking him on the ground of his choosing.
documentary covers the battle in very good detail and the use of
War and Peace footage, together with excellent maps, will
give you a terrific understanding of just how great a victory it
was for Bonaparte.
of Warfare: Austerlitz 1805 is an excellent and exciting explanation
of the 1805 Campaign.