The commemorative event dedicated to the 213th anniversary of the battle of Austerlitz will be held on the 30th november, 1st and 2nd december 2018. 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).
The event is organized within the Project Austerlitz by the Central European Napoleonic Society, the communes of Tvarozna and Prace and the Austerlitz association, under the auspices of the minister of defense of the Czech republic, Mr. Lubomír Metnar, and the minister of the regional developement, Mrs. Klára Dostálová. The event is sponsored by the Region of South Moravia and Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic. The partner of the event is CzechTourism.
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.
Mark Schneider will portray the French Emperor Napoleon. This year’s scenario is inspired by the opening moves of the battle of Austerlitz, the combat at Telnitz:
Austerlitz 2018 will be the final act of this year’s season marked with the 205th anniversaries of the war of 1813 (Lützen, Kulm, Leipzig) or by the 220th anniversary of the French blockade of Malta (the Project Austerlitz is partner of the commemorative event prepared for june).
In total 1107 re-enactors from 13 countries of the world are registered: 565 from the Czech Republic, 182 from Poland, 73 from Slovakia, 60 from Hungary, 49 from Italy, 46 from Germany, 41 from Russia, 36 from Belgium, 28 from Austria, 20 from France, 5 from Lithuania, 1 from Britain and 1 from the USA; of them 577 members of the Central European Napoleonic Society; 715 muskets, 16 guns, and theoretically up to 75 horses.
Friday, 30th november 2018
17:30 Fires of Girzikowitz, Zuran hill (organized by the commune of Podoli)
Saturday, 1st december 2018
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
Sunday, 2nd december 2018
12:00 Act of piety at the Peace monument
Change of program reserved.