The Scarlet Sun of Austerlitz

Last week, December 2, marked the 216th anniversary of Napoleon’s most famous victory – the Battle of Austerlitz – which saw the armies of Austria and Russia defeated by the French Grande Armée near the Moravian village of Slavkov (Austerlitz). The French Emperor is said to have ordered the attack shortly after seeing the astounding blood-red sunrise, shining through the mist, and the “Scarlet Sun of Austerlitz“ became a myth from that day on. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reenactors were not able to organise the annual battle show this year. However, a few did not miss the chance to catch the famous sunrise in the early morning hours.