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Report on the Losses of Russian Artillery Units at the Battle of Austerlitz

Report on the Losses of Russian Artillery Units at the Battle of Austerlitz

By Alexander Mikaberidze, FINS

Note: This report was drafted on 4 December 1842 at the Artillery Department Archive in response to the inquiry of Lieutenant General Alexander Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky, who was working on his history of 1805-1807 Campaigns. The document is based on the reports of the artillery commanders, however it is missing information on some units. It should be considered together with the report of Major General Bogdanov, who commanded the Russian artillery at Austerlitz (See in the end of the document)

Date: 22 November/ 4 December 1842

Original Title: ‘Iz vedomostei o poteriakh artilleriiskikh chastei v srazhenii pri Austerlitse’

Source: M.I. Kutuzov: Sbornik Dokumentov, pod redaktsiei polkovnika L.G. Beskrovnogo [M.I. Kutuzov: Compilation of Documents, ed. By Col. L[iubomir] G. Beskrovny], Moscow, 1951, II, 237-239

Original preserved at Rossiiski Gosudarstvenii Voenno-Istoricheskii Arkhiv (RGVIA), file VUA.

Before the Battle

Units Strength Present at the Battle   Officers Privates Guns Caissons Wagons Horses

Life Guard Artillery Battalion

22

662

42

66

412

½ Artillery Company of the Battalion of the Imperial Militia[1]

4

117

6

12

96

1st Horse Artillery Battalion: Colonel Yashvili’s and Colonel Yermolov’s Company

13

499

48

77

544

2nd Horse Regiment

30

1022

53

48

1217

3rd Artillery Regiment:

Colonel Kudryavtsev’s Battery Company

12

12

12

244

Major Slizov’s Light Company

12

12

136

Colonel Count Syver’s Battery Company

48

2174

12

12

12

248

Major Sigizmund’s Battery Company

12

12

12

148

Major Klingenberg’s Light Company

12

12

142

Major Yushkov’s Light Company

12

12

148

4th Artillery Regiment:

Colonel Marten’s Battery Company

12

36

226

Major Vitovtov’s Light Company

34

2033

12

24

229

Major Mitrofanov’s Light Company[2]

12

24

242

Major Boguslavsky’s Battery Company

6

232

12

24

260

5th Artillery Regiment:

2040

Major Guine’s Light Company

12

24

Major Staden’s Light Company

10

18

Chef Battery Company[3]

Vacant Battery Company[4]

39

2030

Colonel Golostenov’s Battery Company

Major Anzio’s Light Company

12

12

Major Stein’s Light Company [5]

Total

196

8769

300

413

60

6692


Strength After the Battle

Units Killed, Captured, and Missing in Action Officers Privates Guns Caissons Wagons Horses

Life Guard Artillery Battalion

1

40

3

11

213

½ Artillery Company of the Battalion of the Imperial Militia[6]

16

1st Horse Artillery Battalion: Colonel Yashvili’s and Colonel Yermolov’s Company

1

101

14

17

2

273

2nd Horse Regiment

1

22

62

3rd Artillery Regiment:

Colonel Kudryavtsev’s Battery Company

9

18

113

Major Slizov’s Light Company

9

9

109

Colonel Count Syver’s Battery Company

10

519

12

12

12

152

Major Sigizmund’s Battery Company

12

12

12

121

Major Klingenberg’s Light Company

9

10

100

Major Yushkov’s Light Company

9

12

118

4th Artillery Regiment:

Colonel Marten’s Battery Company

7

16

156

Major Vitovtov’s Light Company

10

17

80

Major Mitrofanov’s Light Company[7]

12

23

88

Major Boguslavsky’s Battery Company

1

44

8

7

63

5th Artillery Regiment:

Major Guine’s Light Company

12

24

70

Major Staden’s Light Company

10

11

10

18

65

Chef Battery Company[8]

15

Vacant Battery Company[9]

6

Colonel Golostenov’s Battery Company

Major Anzio’s Light Company

12

12

12

12

66

Major Stein’s Light Company

12

18

12

18

77

Total

48

767

160

198

64

1963

[Signature] Head of the Archive Kern

Report of Major General N.I. Bogdanov, commander of the Russian Artillery at Austerlitz, to Artillery Inspector General Aleksey Arakcheyev, 23 November/5 December 1805

  Men Artillery Horses   Before Battle Killed Before Battle Lost Before Battle Killed

Staff Officers

10

4

Ober-Officers

38

27

Rank-and-File

1976

1235

Guns 133 39 Caissons 100 18

Wagons

106

5

Horses

1545

1011



Notes

[1] Original Title of the Unit: Bataliona Imperatorskoi militsii ½ artileriskaia rota

[2] Note in the Original: “Half of Major Mitrofanov’s Company, that was attached to Butyrsk regiment, was entirely lost in action.”

[3] Original Title of the Unit: ‘Batareinois shefskaya rota’

[4] Original Title of the Unit: Batareinoi vakantnaya rota’

[5] Information on Stein’s company is missing in the report, though there is data on its losses.

[6] Original Title of the Unit: ‘Bataliona Imperatorskoi militsii ½ artileriskaia rota’

[7] Note in the Original: “Half of Major Mitrofanov’s Company, that was attached to Butyrsk regiment, was entirely lost in action.”

[8] Original Title of the Unit: ‘Batareinois shefskaya rota’

[9] Original Title of the Unit: ‘Batareinoi vakantnaya rota’

 

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