|General der Kavallerie Blucher|
These forces had already met in battle near Rothenburg (part 1 :: Part 2 :: Part 3), though XII Corps had time to gather their wits, the Russians had gathered another cavalry Corps ...
This time however the horse had to cover 18 miles to get fully around the flank of the French who only had to march 6 miles. This meant that the Russians would have to force the French to stand and fight, holding them till past nightfall.
The ground for this battle was mostly flat farmland, with only two low hills from which the French would be coming out from. Setting up blind, the French took up the widest frontage possible with massed artillery in the center, while holding the Chasseurs of Excelmans in reserve. Blucher chose to swing wide right, to avoid the bulk of the French artillery and make an effort to sweep hard into the French left, held by Saxons.
|late in the day Blucher caught Oudinot, battle starts on turn 6|
Not wasting any time, Oudinot drove forward those divisions which did not have Russians blocking their path out of the battlefield. The first rounds of artillery were at long range and had no effect.
|French breakout in the north and make ready to receive Russian Dragoons in the south|
|the battle line shifted counter-clockwise all evening|
|Oudinot wasted no time in moving two divisions to escape the Russian trap|
|even with the rush off the Russian left flank, there were enough to force a fight or two|
|Russians win initiative in pulse 2 and keep moving to the flank|
|Russian Dragoons take no casualties in their first assault|
|Sebastiani personally assists in close battle with Russian Hussars and Cossacks|
|French Chasseurs are moved to the center - response as needed?|
|Turn 7 and the Russians keep the pressure on|
|25th Division is cut apart and looses all their artillery to Russian Dragoons|
|French are escaping ... though there may not be enough cavalry to cover the retreat?|
|Chasseurs turn about, to cover the now threatened rear|
|Oudinot's view, now past the center of the field, could he shepherd out more of the battered II Cavalry Corps?|
|Blucher's blood was up ... capture the hill and get those guns into action!|
|Wolff's brigade charged the Russian guns, they fled ... though now there was room for the French to escape|
|two full divisions would have escaped had Pacthod not stalled on tun 7 pulse 1 and rolled a "6" = Hold|
Turn 8 started with the usual command die rolls, this time the French were totally in command of the situation. They were to have a total of 16 CD's to the Russians 9. This would mean that the French could afford to do many re-rolls and add plenty of die to combat situations.
|the smaller blue (French) and red (Russian) die tell the tale of the CD's for turn 8|
|French win initiative on pulse 1 turn 8 and conduct more forces out of the area, only Chasseurs remain to cover retreat|
|Sebastiani again leads directly from this critical rearguard action, while 25th Division desperately moves to get more distance from the Russian Dragoons|
|Indeed the Chasseur Division is split to ensure that at least half will escape the field ...|
|d'Hurbal's division was not to survive the Russian artillery, who eliminated that last of the Hussars fleeing|
|Russians could not catch the elusive Frenchmen|
|Blucher takes the hill and command of the guns from 25th Division|
|The Karkov Dragoons were thrown back by French Chasseurs led by Sebastiani|
|25th Division was eliminated by the New Russia Dragoon brigade only the commander and his staff managed to evade destruction on this field.|
|French forces that escaped in some confusion|
|Russians that will be fully recovered by the morning|