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In pictures: Austerlitz re-enacted

Some of the 4,000 military history enthusiasts from 23 countries dressed in historical uniforms march from their camp at Rousinov toward Slavkov.

About 4,000 military history enthusiasts from 23 countries gathered in the Czech Republic to re-enact the Battle of Austerlitz 200 years ago.

Participants beat the drums

The beating of the drums preceded the march to the battle's original site near Slavkovo.

Cavalrymen gallop through the snow as several thousand military history enthusiasts from 23 countries are gathering at the Slavkovo

Cavalrymen galloped through the snow in the run-up to the main event that was watched by more than 30,000 people.

History enthusiasts marched in line.

The 'troops' marched in line and uniform to re-enact the battle that is thought to have cost 28,000 lives.

Riders greeting large crowds

US actor Mark Schneider performed as Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor who defeated the combined forces of Russia and Austria.

A rider goes by a burning house

This house was set on fire as a reminder of the cruel brutality of the war.

Battling the enemies

Re-enacting a massive battle scene was a major undertaking.

Participants re-enacting a fight.

Smiles all round during a mock sword fight

A Russian infantryman lights a cigarette for a French soldier

Two centuries on, a new camaraderie has been born. A Russian infantryman was captured lighting a cigarette for a French soldier.

A history enthusiast practises his horse-riding skills

The uniforms as well as the daring feats were there to be admired.

Enthusiasts dressed as soldiers perform during a ceremony on Vendome Piazza, central Paris.

In Paris on Friday, enthusiasts marked the event in the Place Vendome.

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