The battle is set north of the Spree River, north of Potsdam, where Generallieutenant Bülow is commanding the remains of 3rd and 4th Korps and the Corps of the Oder along with Russian remnants from battles around Berlin and the east of the Prussian capitol.
Indeed the outcome of this battle could seal the fate of the citadel of Berlin, now known to be under siege.
|Maréchal Prince Poniatowski|
For this task Poniatowski would have his own VIII Corps, elements of III Corps and the remains of V Corps with I Corps in reserve arriving after the battle started.
The Prussians were not fully aware of these forces and had chosen a course that could see them on the outskirts of Berlin, given the chance to overwhelm a blocking brigade of French cavalry. It was while this force was on the march that Bülow was informed of the advance of a massive French force into the rear of his column. At once ordering the Corps of the Oder to form a rear guard and have 3rd Korps take up battle positions so that Corps of the Oder could retire into the line. Aides were also sent off at once to turn about 4th Korps and the vanguard of Prussian and Russian Cavalry. The stage was now set for a battle of giants.
|Field of action at noon|
The French simply formed up in columns to race toward the Prussians and hammer them until I Corps could come up.
|Coccaks and Corps of the Oder|
|Center and part of 3rd Korps|
|The Prussian line|
|The French line|
|in the center, one Prussian brigade runs out|
|seeming in a fit of madness von Thumen raced out to meet the French at close range|
|on the far left the Prussians drove forward to keep back French artillery|
|the French artillery were the real threat that the Prussians had to overcome|
|in the French center, counter-battery fire was the first method of Prussian attack|
|the Poles were charged by Cossacks, when their guns were too far away and had to be moved|
|the Cossacks paid the price, yet achieved the disruption of many batteries|
|while on the far left the French allied German brigades were still marching|
|only 2 pulses in turn 3, at the start of turn 4 the field appear thus|
|Poniatowski was still seeking a weakness in the Prussian line|
|Heavy French cavalry was on the far left|
|French Left Wing|
|while in the center Cossacks wreaked havoc!|
|the Cossacks disrupted two batteries|
|on the French Right, Prussians had chased off artillery and broken 1/2 of V Corps|
|though it was now that I Corps arrived!|
|an entire French Corps on the march, with light cavalry in the vanguard|
|Cossack threat neutralized, the French could again move artillery closer to Prussian lines|
|though in the very center one last Cossack force was not yet done ...|
|Prussian artillery were to kill many French gunners|
|while French guns replied at long range, killing many Prussian Landwher|
|now re-enforced, the Prussians were do go over to the attack on the left, near the woods|
|the French center was utterly shattered, until I Corps could arrive|
|a wide open swath of destruction in no mans land, dominated by Czernichev's Cossacks in the early part of the battle|
|Prussian cannon continued to deliver damage to French batteries|
|I Corps now surges onto the field|
|3rd Pulse turn 4, the field became a chaos as neither commander had any CD's remaining|
|Vandamme's I Corps filled in the gaps in the French lines|
|I Corps artillery moved to threaten the Prussian left|
|French light cavalry, strike at the Prussians|
|French left wing now in range of some targets|
|turn 5 - reaching a fever pitch, now the Prussians had to destroy many French brigades|
|massed French batteries on the French right|
|Prussians grimly hold their hilltop|
|French batteries on the left now in range of Prussians|
|no mans land in turn 5|
|Russian and Prussian cavalry sacrifice to disrupt and chase away French batteries one last time|
|on the left the French are pushing back the Prussians|
|turn 5 pulse 2, the critical moment, could the French get in enough damage?|
|at last in range the French batteries on the left deal out heavy blows|
|Prussians on the hill are melting under the weight of fire|
|French Heavy cavalry cuts a swath on the far French left|
|critical decision time ... Bülow had just enough left for one more attack|
|nothing remains of Russian cavalry on the Prussian left|
|literally surrounded the Russian Hussars were cut down before they could withdraw|
|the Prussians had no reserves left|
|the command escort Cossacks are sent in to attack Poniatowski, who see them coming and adroitly retires|
|Bülow now starts the retreat - his pioneer companies are to have an important task by nightfall ...|
|more Cossack troubles, even less French cavalry to deal with them|
|on the French left wing, the Heavy cavalry takes shelter behind light cavalry from some long range Prussian artillery, the Heavies have taken out three brigades of Prussians and are fully spent|
For the first time in the campaign a pursuit was going to happen and the French had 10 light cavalry points to use, while the Prussians had ... none!
More casualties resulted from the lively pursuit, though the skillful withdrawal of artillery with the pioneers early by Bülow, guaranteed their safe escape.
A major French victory, though at a cost ...
|Vandamme holds the field|
|Poniatwoski and the cavalry pursue, while the wounded French retire from the field|
|after a major re-organization and amalgamation of units a 'rump' force of Prussians remains to retreat to ....|
More tales to tell for certain in the Campaign of Nations.