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THE BRAVE

Next week is the anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz. Following the British victory on the seas near Trafalgar two months prior, this land battle is regarded as one of the most impressive victories of the Napoleonic Armies in all the Coalition wars.

Through a combination of information operations, psychological operations, feint and maneuver, and heroic sustainment, Napoleon was able to defeat the larger Russian and Austrian force, ending the War of the Third Coalition.

In fact, the victory was so great that British Prime Minister, William Pitt, was noted to have said, referring to a map of Europe, "Roll up that map; it will not be needed these next ten years."


Antoine-Jean Gros: The Meeting of Napoleon and Francis II after the Battle of Austerlitz. A meeting of the victor and the vanquished after Napoleon's greatest victory.

Look at the lingering effects that such victories have on those who follow. This anniversary as a single illustration that could be multiplied many times over in other wars such as Iwo Jima, Trafalgar, Gettysburg, Dunkirk, or Normandy. 

Napoleon issued a decree congratulating his force on the victory that day, and he concluded it in part with these lines –

Soldiers, when all that is necessary to assure … the prosperity of our country … is accomplished, I will bring you back to France; … My people will see you again with joy, and it will suffice for you to say, "I was at the battle of Austerlitz", so that we answer, "Here is a brave man"

Our courage comes from trusting in God, so as it says in Hebrews 13:6, "we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'" 

Be encouraged: As we pursue our ultimate victory against terror and honor the heritage of bravery, service, honor, as one team, many nations, may it also be said of us as we return home, and in the generations to come, “Here are the brave!”

LEADER PRAYER: Lord, your son Jesus showed heroic bravery on the cross, bar none. May this season remind us that His life was given as a ransom for many and that the power of guilt and sin is defeated!

Blessings on your week --

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