About 4,000 military history enthusiasts from 23 countries gathered in the Czech Republic to re-enact the Battle of Austerlitz 200 years ago.
The beating of the drums preceded the march to the battle's original site near Slavkovo.
Cavalrymen galloped through the snow in the run-up to the main event that was watched by more than 30,000 people.
The 'troops' marched in line and uniform to re-enact the battle that is thought to have cost 28,000 lives.
US actor Mark Schneider performed as Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor who defeated the combined forces of Russia and Austria.
This house was set on fire as a reminder of the cruel brutality of the war.
Re-enacting a massive battle scene was a major undertaking.
Smiles all round during a mock sword fight
Two centuries on, a new camaraderie has been born. A Russian infantryman was captured lighting a cigarette for a French soldier.
The uniforms as well as the daring feats were there to be admired.
In Paris on Friday, enthusiasts marked the event in the Place Vendome.