EE_IBIS_JRL.pdf - Page!1 Subject History Title A French Victory at Austerlitz How the French Under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte Defeated the

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Page 1 Subject: History Title: A French Victory at Austerlitz: How the French, Under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Defeated the Austro-Russian Allies at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 Research Question: What methods were used by the French to gain the decisive victory at The Battle of Austerlitz? 3312 words EE_IBIS
Page 2 Abstract Today, when you ask the average person about the name “Napoleon Bonaparte” their response will probably revolve around the idea of a short, angry, Frenchman. People have little to no knowledge about his masterful campaigns, brilliant tactics, innovative strategies, and the many minds behind his victories. Ironically, the man who is remembered by historians as the military mind of the era, is remembered by the average person, not for his over 50 victories, but for his loss at Waterloo. Here is a man that came from an impoverished family, of the lesser Corsican nobility, and became one of the most recognized names in history; here is a man who took on the armies of Europe several times and won; here is a man who should be remembered for his display of how powerful the mind of a single person can be. Now, the First French Empire fought more than a few wars against the European coalitions in its brief tenure, most notably was the War of the Third Coalition, in which Napoleon garnered his most brilliant victory by the hilltops of Austerlitz. Besides the brilliant strategies used during the Battle, there are many other factors that make the French victory so impressive. For one, Bonaparte’s rise to the Imperial Seat was meteoric, his power grab echoed that of Sulla’s and Julius Caesar’s. The dawn of the battle would be the first year anniversary of his coronation, and Austerlitz promised to either solidify his rule or collapse his infant empire. 247 words
Page 3 Table of Contents Abstract ........................................................................ Page 2 Table of Contents ......................................................... Page 3 Introduction .................................................................. Page 4 Build Up ....................................................................... Page 5 Le Grande Armée ......................................................... Page 6 The Ulm Campaign ...................................................... Page 8 Dispositions .................................................................. Page 9 The Battle ..................................................................... Page 10 How the French Won .................................................... Page 10 Conclusion .................................................................... Page 13 References .................................................................... Page 14 ______________________________________________________________________________
Page 4 Introduction The objective of this essay is to list and analyze the reasons as to why the First French Empire, under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, was able to achieve a decisive victory at Austerlitz. The men behind the victory, the tactics, strategies used, and effects will also be delved into. The French victory is important to me because of my deep fascination with history, and in particular, the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte. In recent times, I have been entranced by the life of the Corsican Emperor. To see one man affect the world as he did is fascinating. There are only certain names which are universally recognized, and Napoleon is one of them, and it is important, in my opinion, to know why such men were so successful. Bonaparte’s own reign might not have ended in success, but he faced much glory along the way. By knowing how he was so prolific we can add to the accumulation of generational knowledge which has allowed humanity to thrive.

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