Day one of the battle of Torgau, Philip (one "L" I'm not bloody French you know!) Marshall, took delivery of these very nice Saxon infantry from Neil Sheardown and very magnanimously allowed the French to use them against us allies. In this battle the allies were on the defensive and we were surprised by the presence of the Old Guard and the Guard cavalry.
The French pushed hard on their right slowly forcing the allies back whilst the allies could only slowly make headway against the French left due to the large numbers of French heavy cavalry.
Left is a view of Hills' excellent infantry pushing warily forward in the face of cuirassier and a nasty little horse battery. The rally sticker to the rear indicates the spot where the remaning 8 men from a 40 man elite battalion rediscovered the will to fight after being broken by two squadrons of cuirassier. In the distance Russian infantry ably directed by Herbert Von Gratz force the French back. However it was all to no avail as the wily French forced back the allied left creating a big enough hole to start feeding through the Guard cavalry. The coup de grace was then administered by the blokes in bearskins with a well timed drive through the centre of our position. It was 1-0 to the French but at the cost of much of their heavy cavalry, a loss which would come back to bite them on the arse later in the week.
This final picture shows the Guard cavalry as it passes by the remains of a Prussian foot battery forcing its way into the left flank of the allies. This flank had been held by Tauntziens corps (10 bns 2nd class and 10 bns Landwehr) which proved to be no match for them despite Paul Hookways dogged defence.
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