Austerlitz 1805 As the famous sun of Austerlitz rose through the pale mist on the morning of 2 December 1805, the stage was set for one of the most decisive battles of the Napoleonic era. By evening, the combined armies of Austria and Russia would be utterly destroyed. It was to be Napoleon's greatest victory, achieved by a commander at the very peak of his powers. The Battle Of Borodino The battle of Borodino took place during the Emperor Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion of 1812 and was one of the most crucial battles of the entire Napoleonic era. The two sides met, just 60 miles from Moscow, on September 7th 1812. For a man who had earned a reputation as a military genius, Napoleon failed to make the most of his long-awaited opportunity: he simply hurled his troops at the determined Russians. The result was the single biggest bloodbath of the Napoleonic wars - more than 68,000 troops were killed or wounded.