Why are Battles Won and Lost? Cadets enrolled in the History of the Military Art to 1900 wrestled through this question as they examined Napoleon’s classic victory over the Third Coalition at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. These cadets proved themselves to be no mere Monday morning quarterbacks — they analyzed the flaws of both sides and understood how fine a line existed between victory and defeat. Just one more way the Department uses the discipline of history to train future leaders for the crucible of ground combat.

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