men. The field, chosen by Napoleon, was a valley with the Pratzen Plateau in front of it, to the right of the French was a large pond that was frozen and a small river along their rear. 22Napoleon had deliberately given away the high-ground of the plateau in order to lure the Allies onto it. It is a known rule in warfare to never give away the high ground, but Napoleon had a plan. He had set the bulk of his army on his left flank, while leaving his right flank in the village of Telnitz stretched thin. Davout’s III Corps was marching to the battle field but was still hours away, therefor, to the allies, the right flank seemed like an obvious target. The Austro-Russian 23plan was to lead a mass assault on the weak right flank and envelop The French Emperors army from the front and right. What the Allies didn’t know was that Napoleon wanted them to make this decision, he would wait for the mass assault on his right and make a direct push up the hill Mikabiridze, Alexander. “A Few Notes on the Russian Loses at Austerlitz.” The New Britons: Scottish 20Identity in the 18th and 19th Centuries, c_russiancasualties.html.Holmberg, Tom. “Napoleon’s Adresses: The Austerlitz Campaign 1805.” The New Britons: Scottish 21Identity in the 18th and 19th Centuries, c_speeches5.html.“Battle of Austerlitz.” Ohio River - New World Encyclopedia, New World Encyclopedia, 22.“Site Navigation.” Warfare History Network, warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/military-history/23napoleon-bonaparte-maneuvering-toward-destiny-at-the-battle-of-austerlitz/.
Page 10onto the weakened center of the allies. He would try and break the center and route the army. 24Napoleon positioned Lannes, Soults, Murats, Bernadette’s, and Bessières Corps on his left, to his right flank he positioned the detachment of General Legrand with the hope that Davouts Corps would arrive on time. The main push would be made by Soults Corps, and it would be suppressed by the other Marshals. While the French were planning their strategy, the Allied War Council was in a heavy disagreement. The majority of Russian and Austrian nobles favored an attack on the right flank, but Kutuzov and the Austrian Emperor were more cautious and preferred a defensive strategy. Alexander proceeded to strip Kutuzov of his position as Commander-and-Chief of the allied forces and gave it to the Austrian noble: Franz Von Weyrother. 25The Battle/How the French Won The day begun with a very strong mist, visibility was highly limited and made it difficult to see dispositions. As expected, the allies made their first move by pushing onto the right flank, they had fallen for the trap. The Frenchmen on the right were well defended by the village of Telnitz, but the sheer force of the assault made them slowly loose ground. Though, Davout’s corps,