|The initial French deployment.|
|French Artillery: Esci guns with Airfix crew.|
|The French boldly advance.|
|French infantry charge the guns. The result was somewhat predictable.|
|Of course, the Prussians had painful lessons to learn too...|
|The ill fated French movement..|
|The Prussians await the perfect moment for their return.|
The next turn (turn 5) is marked by much dice rolling for both sides musketry and artillery. Neither sides fire has any effect on the other.
Turn six saw the destruction of of a French artillery battery by the Prussian guns, and the recrossing of the river by the Prussian cavalry. The Polish lancers move to support 2nd Division on the right flank, while the French Grand Battery falls back.
|1st Division moving rearward in the background, while 2nd Division prepares to advance.|
|The lancers in support of the 2nd Division.|
Turn seven saw the French left wing advance under ineffective fire from the Prussian guns.
The final turn of the game (Turn 8) resulted in the crushing of French hopes for victory. The French left and center advanced forwards once more, but this time the Prussians moved their infantry forward to meet them. The resulting clash cost the French most dearly, forcing them back. The Prussians, while somewhat bloodied, certainly had the best of the infantry battle - especially with their guns in support. Meanwhile, the Polish lancers charged the last of the Prussian cavalry and were destroyed in the resulting clash. At this point French courage faltered, and the remnants of the army sought only to retire from the field in good order. Steve and I did some back of the envelope calculations and worked out that his Prussians suffered around 6600 casualties (out of 15300 men), to my 13600 casualties (out of 19300 men). Clearly, my French took quite the drubbing.
|Charging the guns - same result as last time.|
|Prussian infantry shoot it out with the French. I rolled some very poor dice here.|
|1st Division still moving rearward.|
|The army retreats.|