Austerlitz 2017

The commemorative event dedicated to the 212th anniversary of the battle of Austerlitz will be held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd december 2017. The main points of program will be the saturday battle re-enactement under the Santon hill (14:00), with approx. 1000 participants in uniforms, 60 horses and 15 cannons, and the sunday act of piety at the Peace monument, the place of the hardest fight of the battle of Austerlitz (12:00).

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Photo: Hanni Schmidt, Austerlitz 2015

The event is organized under the auspices of the minister of defense of the Czech republic, Mr. Martin Stropnicky, and the minister of the regional developement, Mrs. Karla Slechtova. The event is sponsored by the Region of South Moravia and Department of Defense of the Czech Republic. The partner of the event is CzechTourism.

You can buy your tickets for tribunes for the Austerlitz 2017 event’s battle re-enactment. The entrance is free except for the tribunes.

There are 1089 participants coming from 16 countries (526 from the Czech Republic, 159 from Poland, 106 from Italy, 77 from Germany, 45 from Hungary, 36 from Russia, 24 from Belgium, 24 from Slovakia, 23 from France, 22 from Austria, 20 from Belarus, 11 from Lithuania, 7 from Romania, 6 from Malta, 1 from the United Kingdom, 2 from The United States), armed with 708 muskets, 16 cannons, with 63 horses. The French Army is a bit stronger at 586:503 (297 in Austrian and 206 in the Russian Army).

At Austerlitz the Emperor of the French Napoleon I has decided within a few hours the out-come of the campaign of 1805 and the war of the 3rd coalition. The defeated russian emperor Alexander I and his army have left the central Europe; the war between France and Russia would however continue untill 1807, the battle of Friedland and the Tilsit peace treaty. The austrian emperor Francis I has accepted the conditions of armistice signed on the 6th decem-ber 1805 at the Austerlitz castle and later also the conditions of the severe Presburg peace treaty signed on the 26th december. The severity of these conditions and Napoleon’s rising influence in Germany have led in three years to another conflict between Austria and France, the war of 1809, culminating in Moravia again, by the battle of Znaim. The Napoleonic epopee continued by the russian campaign of 1812, the war of the 6th coalition in 1813-1814 and culminated by the battle of Waterloo.

The commemorative events are not any celebration of Napoleon or his victory, and by no me-ans any celebration of war or battle. The international political and war events that, at their time, influenced Europe essentially, and divided it for a long time, are becoming ground for get-togetherness and common interest for many people from all around the world. The aim of the events is the commemoration and support of knowledge of the common european history.

The Project Austerlitz offers the possibility of presentation of partners and sponsors. The events are organized by the Project Austerlitz every year since 1998. There are five to ten thousand visitors to the main battle re-enactement every year.

This year’s edition is dedicated specifically to the role of the Austrian general Weyrother, author of the coalition’s battle plan; the scenario of the battle under the Santon hill is inspired by the clash in the northern part of the battlefield, portraying also the injury of general Valhubert.

Mark Schneider will portray the French Emperor Napoleon.

Austerlitz 2017 is the final act of this year’s season marked with the succesful anniversary of the passage of Tagliamento from 1797 witihin the program of the commemorative event in Porcia in Friuli, or the 3rd Jubilé Impérial in Rueil-Malmaison in september, where between 650 participants there were also 125 C.E.N.S. members from the Czech Republic in French and Russian uniforms, and the military history program was directed by Jakub Samek, president of the C.E.N.S.

Program

Friday, 1st december 2017

17:30     Fires of Girzikowitz, Zuran hill (organized by the commune of Podoli)

18:00     Skirmish in Krenovice (orgaized by Buhurt)

18:00     Fires of Girzikowitz, Jirikovice, Blazovska street (organized by Jirikovice)

Saturday, 2nd december 2017

07:30     Zuran hill, Sun of Austerlitz, review of the French troops

09:00     Tvarozna, review of the Austrian troops

10:30–12:00     Santon, battlefield – infantry and cavalry maneuvers

14:00-15:30     Re-enactment of the battle of Austerlitz

Accompanying program

Tvarozna – military camp at the square, fair

Slavkov – fair, visits of the castle in costumes, evening fireworks (organized by Slavkov)

Sunday, 3rd december 2017

12:00 Act of piety at the Peace monument near Prace

Military camps during the weekend

Old post of Pozoritz, Krenovice, Tvarozná, Zbysov, Kobylnice and Slavkov

Change of program reserved.