IN OUR POWER
2 December 1805, 1pm
Napoleon then moved his command centre up to the Pratzen heights, where the
captured Russian general Prince Repnin-Volkonsky was presented to him.
Covered with his blood and that of the enemy, General Rapp came
to give the Emperor the details of the action and presented to him Prince Repnin, commander of
the knights of the Russian Imperial Guard, and some of the most distinguished prisoners. One of
them, an artillery officer, threw himself forward from his horse and invoked death. ‘I am
unworthy to live,’ he cried, ‘I have lost my guns.’ ‘Young man,’ replied the Emperor kindly, ‘I
admire your regrets, but by being defeated one does not cease to be numbered amongst the brave.’
It was scarcely one o’clock, and already the fighting had ceased in the centre and on the left,
and all the heights of Pratzen… were in our power.