Russian heavy cavalry, dragoons and cuirassier, show the plucky but short lived French lights the pointy ends of their swords.
Like the Allies before them the French were attacking northwards towards Menningen though this time the difference was that the Allies had decided to contest the southern suburbs of the town by placing and avant garde division and a heavy cavalry division in the area. The remainder of the Allied army was drawn up in a line based on the Menningen - Widensong road some distance to their rear. On the face of it this left the avant garde force in a dangerously isolated position.
French Infantry supported by heavy cavalry advance into the open ground opposite Menningen.
The French deployment left them with a corps directly in front of Menningen and the remainder of their forces arrayed in a mass with a large open space to their front. Things were looking bleak for the isolated Allied division as more and more French troops arrived and began to move in to position to cut off their avenue of retreat. Unfortunately for the playability of the game it appeared that the French had no intention of engaging the main Allied force and were solely concentrating on destroying the Allied avant gard. This meant that at least two of the Allied players would be reduced to the role of spectators.
Austrian infantry and artillery feeling a little unloved await the onslaught.
The initial action commenced with a cavalry combat on the Allied right between Russian curassier and dragoons, and French light cavalry. The result would prove to be an indicator of French fortunes for the rest of the evening. The heavies swept away their original opponents and though the dragoons returned to their own lines the cuirassier rallied on the spot and crashed into more light cavalry. Very quickly two regiments of French light cavalry had been effectively taken out of the battle for little loss to the Russians.
French infantry experience more bad luck while assaulting Austrian veterans.
In order to achieve their aim of destroying the single Allied division the French opted to assault the woods where most of the Allied infantry was located. Three columns moved into position supported by close range fire from their artillery. The Allies charged in and suffered only two casualties per battalion from defensive fire but this was enough for one of the attackers to decide that discretion was the better part of valour and break into retreat. Even with this setback the remaining two battalions were still confident of success and crashed into the line. Being in column they immediately became unformed in the woods but their impetus and numbers meant that that they won the first round of melee. Amazingly the line passed its morale and was reinforced by another battalion in line which was able to maintain its order. The second round was lost by the attackers and they broke, routing away from the woods.