A rather complex one with two French forces converging on a Russo-Swedish Allied one.
|Pozzo di Borgo and Voronsov commanding for the Russo-Swedish Allied forces|
This could make sense, as Corbineau would have to assemble the foot and would not have had a clear picture of the ground. Also Oudinot had just retreated away from a battle on the same ground, so there would be plenty of shadowing Cossacks in the woods to hamper his return approach to the battlefield.
It did mean that the Russians could concentrate on the north force, hamming them to see if they would break before Oudinot could arrive, also that there would be only limited time in the 'first day' of battle for the French to get their victory.
|Deployment, north side of the Spree in the foreground right with III Cav Corps and XIV Corps|
|French deployment on the north bank of the Spree|
The Russians now also had two more foot batteries, having taken them from the Polish corps two days before. The massed these with their huge position batteries of 20-pounders to sweep the river crossing and beyond.
|Russo-Swedish deployment on the South side of the Spree|
Right from the outset the French gained initiative, though the powerful massed artillery proved too much for the conscripts, an entire brigade simply vanished in a cloud of gunpowder from the first moments of the advance. The Russians kept up a steady flow of Hussars and Cossacks to keep throwing back any that attempted to cross the river.
|Turn 5 pulse 2 or about 16h30 - French are still not across the Spree|
The French III Cav Corps, ran their horse artillery up to the river's edge and began pounding Russian horse on the opposite bank.
|French Horse batteries pounding out shot at Russian Hussars|
|The chaotic scene at the bridgehead|
|French QG of Marshal St-Cyr, behind him is Baron Corbineau|
Arrighi, commanding III Cav Corps was having some command challenges of his own.
|French III Cavalry Corps Command|
|French Dragoons nearly decided to withdraw entirely ...|
The Swedish cavalry began to flex their muscle now, charging immediately at the Frenchmen arriving with Oudinot, sending a contingent of Saxons scurrying for cover in the forest.
|17h00 Turn 6 pulse 1, now Oudinot was arriving.|
Defrance had been turned around and was now in column of brigades , making for the bridgehead.
|French heavy cavalry move back into the bridgehead|
|French artillery firing on cossacks|
|A breakthrough at the bridgehead by French Cavalry|
|French Horse guns continue fire|
|Russian HQ watches as massed batteries are forced back by breakthrough infantry|
|French Light Cavalry Division appears from the woods|
|Swedish cavalry massed for combat|
Corbineau chose to pull back from the tenuous bridgehead and re-place some of his losses and round up some of the stragglers into the wounded brigades.
Oudinot would be able to fully deploy and engage the Allied army directly.
Once again a die roll to start the day's action would be done, this time only one roll though. The roll was a "3", representing around noon. Again this could be due to rains, or diplomacy - asking to have the Russians and or Swedes surrender; or it could have been continued Cossack harassment of Oudinot's Corps arriving though the night and morning; or indeed some combination of these and other factors.
Pozzo di Borgo, would have one more day to fight, this time Oudinot would be at point blank range. The target was obvious - Oudinot's command headquarters.
|Opening situation on DAY 2, turn 3 or about 12h00|
|French light cavalry would cross again on day 2 of the battle|
|Russio-Swedish Allied army - the 'meat' in the sandwich ...|
|Oudinot's XII Corps fully deployed for battle ...|
|Field of chaos, as XII Corps collapses|
No time at all was wasted, the Swedish cavalry was cut loose totally, Saxons and other German allied troops were utterly destroyed in the charge of the Lifeguard Dragoons. Lifeguard Cuirassier smashed though the center batteries of XII Corps and then on into the command headquarters of Oudinot himself. He failed the survival roll - the headquarters was sent fleeing in all directions and Oudinot himself was dead! Raglowich, commanding 29th Division was also cut down, this time by Swedish Hussars. Only the cool reaction of Guilleminot and the 14th Division even kept what was left of XII Corps in the field.
|Smashed remains of XII Corps as A Marshal and GdD are killed!|
|The bridgehead is successfully taken and now exploited|
|Arrighi and III Cav Corps were across the river in force now ... nothing could hold them back|
|Russian cavalry smash though to the woods line|
|DAY 2 Turn 4 14h00|
|Breakout, now the bridgehead was open, the left flank was going to do envelopment|
|French strategic reserve|
|flank envelopment was completed|
|taking too many losses, the Russio-Swedish for of Pozzo di Borgo's morale collapsed|
|French Cavalry charges|
|Swedish Lifeguard Dragoons fight off two brigades of lancers and hussars|
|Russian Dragoons rapidly re-deploying from the lift to right flank ... it was not to be fast enough.|
|French infantry were across the Spree in force|
|Corbineau had won the day|
|French heavy cavalry was set to exploit the situation|
The strategic goal of having three crossings of the Spree River was now complete, nothing could stop an army from the south crossing the Upper Spree in force, the path to Berlin was now open. Could a Marshal's Baton be in the offering for Corbineau?
|Most of these forces are horse, they could easily escape via the woods - most certainly the Cossacks would not have surrendered|
|Arrighi's III Cav Corps was bloodied but in-tact|
|XIV Corps was wounded yet able to continue|