Lieutenant General Przhebishevsky’s Report on Actions of the 3rd Column during the Battle of Austerlitz

Translated By Alexander MikaberidzeFINS

 

Source: Russian State Military Archives (RGVIA),
fond VUA, opis 16, delo 3117-2

To His Imperial Majesty

Lieutenant General Przhebishevsky’s Report

During the Battle of Austerlitz, following the disposition assigned to the 3rd Columns by the commander-in-chief General of Infantry Golenischev-Kutuzov and having defeated the enemy and completely secured the crossing site, I was completely surrounded despite all my endeavors. Having endured the fiercest enemy fire for seven hours in a low-lying and disadvantageous position and losing many subordinates, some killed, others wounded, while remaining were in confusion from a ferocious canister fire from three directions and without any ammunition or hope for reinforcements, [I and my troops] fought to the last, as required of the subjects of Your Imperial Majesty, before being finally captured by the enemy.

Unable to report to Your Majesty until now, I consider it my duty to submit my report on those events, describing for Your Most Gracious Consideration the perseverance of the troops of Your Imperial Majesty, who although did not achieve complete success in the battle, but commemorated it with their steadfast faithfulness to you.

General Lieutenant Przhebishevsky

July 11/23 1806

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