Austerlitz

 


I don't understand why this wouldn't be in a museum rather than in the hands of a private collector:

Napoleon Bonaparte’s account of his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, dictated and annotated during his exile on the island of St Helena, has gone on sale in Paris for €1m (£880,000).

The description of the battle, the strategy behind which is still taught in military schools, is viewed by historians as evidence of Napoleon’s desire to record his hour of glory for posterity after his 1815 humiliation at Waterloo and subsequent capture by the British.

It was dictated to his loyal aide-de-camp Gen Henri-Gatien Bertrand, who remained with him in exile on the volcanic island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Densely written over 74 pages, the manuscript recounts the December 1805 “day of the three emperors” clash with Russo-Austrian forces, which is considered the Napolean’s greatest military victory. It takes readers through preparations for battle and the fighting itself, and is completed by a battle plan drawn on tracing paper by Bertrand.

You could put it in a display about megalomania or revisionist history. 

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