|Russians move to the attack, screening their Hussars and Dragoons with Cossacks ...|
Ponitowski's VIII Corps was holding the area, when through the north woods came two Russian Corps and a Division of Swedish cavalry.
|French and Russians - with Swedish support face off across the Spree River|
Hoping to delay long enough to get re-enforced by Oudinot's XII Corps, Poniatowski chose to make his stand within firing range of the fords.
|Oudinot's view of the start of the action|
Pozzo di Borgo, while nominally in command was willing to permit Voronsov to take the field command, at least until he dithered overlong (which was determined to be if the Russians lost the initiative for two pulses in a row).
|View of the field from behind the French left ... outgunned 3:1|
|Russian forces set to cross the Spree and attack the Polish Corps|
An amazing turn of events for certain, did Pozzo di Borgo know that Oudinot was coming? That he would need time to get to the field? Just as the Swedish Cavalry would need time? The Position Battery performed perfectly to open the battle ... 100% hits on the first salvo, which utterly shattered the battle effectiveness of the Polish brigade that was the target.
This was followed by a charge of Uhlans, which were in turn attacked by the flanking brigade of Poles.
The French counter attack also included a charge by Cuirassier, who caught the Uhlans after they fell back from the Polish counter-attack.
This brigade of Uhlans held up the heavy Cuirassier long enough for two brigades of Hussars to cross the ford and prepare to flank the entire VIII Corps position.
|Russian Hussars stream across the Spree as Uhlans are cut apart by French Cuirassier|
|Giving as good as they take the Polish Brigade of Sierawski drives off the Russian Uhlans|
Turn one was to have three pulses, by the end neither commander had any command dice left and the battle got away from the commanders for a moment.
|A wild series of melees were conducted on after the other right at the bridgehead|
Both of the close-in Russian commands decided to attack (rolling 10+ on 2d6 causes this in FPGA) this sent both Arentschild's brigade and the covering troops of the Position Battery, Grenadiers and line infantry across the river (not in the actual plan of the Russians to waste these troops this way). It was enough to send off the French Cuirassier and keep the crossing open for more Russians to cross.
|wild fighting with abandon at the bridgehead as commanders loose some control over their troops|
|Russian Hussars finish off the Polish Division of Kaminiecki|
|Start of turn two - by 10h00 it was clear the French would not prevail|
|One last act of defiance, a Polish brigade steps forward to delay the Russians for one more pulse|
|The Poles score a skirmisher hit on the advancing Russians - the only skirmish of the day!|
|Oudinot was now in a race with the pursing Russians, could these guns get away?|
|Cossacks stand triumphant over the bridgehead amid the carnage of at least 6 Brigades|
|The end of the action, Swedish Cavalry has crossed the Spree along with the HQ of Pozzo di Borgo|
|Swedish Cavalry race into the field just as Russian Hussars finish off the last French cavalry|
|Russian forces cheered the victory, won before mid-day.|
The Russians would not pursue, though the three brigades of Cossacks in the woods would make sure that the French retreat would be monitored, if not spurred on ...