The Battle of Austerlitz is almost universally regarded as the most impressive of Napoleon's many victories. The magnitude of the French achievement against a significantly larger army was unprecedented. In this insightful new study, Robert Goetz analyzes the planning of the opposing forces and details the course of the engagement hour by hour, describing the fierce see-saw battle around Sokolnitz, the epic struggle for the Pratzen Heights, the dramatic engagement between the legendary Lannes and Bagration in the north, and the widely misunderstood clash of Napoleon's Imperial Guard and Csar Alexander's Imperial Life Guard. The author has produced a detailed and balanced assessment of the battle that for the first time places familiar French accounts in their proper perspective and exposes many myths regarding the battle that have been perpetuated and even embellished in recent studies. With 1805: Austerlitz, the reader is left with a new appreciation of Napoleon and his Grande Armee of 1805, an army that decisively defeated not a hapless relic of the ancien regime but rather formidable professional forces that had fought the French Army on equal terms five years earlier. Book jacket.