Join Don Sparling for a live streamed “armchair” walk through Brno. Photo: Brno Expat Centre
Two great military events are associated with Brno – the Swedish siege in 1645 and the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. Back in May, we devoted a webinar to the 375th anniversary of the siege, and now it’s time to turn to the Battle of Austerlitz: 2 December marks its 215th anniversary.
Unlike during our usual Don’s Walks, we’ll stay home for this one and get comfortable in front of our screens. We’ll start by looking at why Napoleon was here at all and where he stayed and what he did when he was here. Then, of course, comes the Battle of Austerlitz itself and its aftermath, and – perhaps a surprise for many, locals included – Napoleon’s re-appearance in Brno four years later. And finally, we’ll see how over the years the story of his presence in Brno and the surroundings has played out in many ways and in many places: plaques, graves, family names, a railway station, re-enactments and, most recently, parades and balls.