i) First version using General de Brigade
The Russian second and third columns (see map) began with a subtle frontal assault against Schramm’s defensive position behind parapet and redoubt (Photo 1)! As with the real battle, this attack was stopped dead in its tracks by small arms and artillery fire from the French, Polish and Saxon and defenders. This seemingly hopeless attack by the Russian infantry allowed the detachment of cossacks from the third column to work around the left flank of the French position (Photo 2). Thus positioned, the cossacks attacked and over-ran the left-flank French battery (Photo 3), but were stopped by a square of the Garde de Paris Infantry (Photo 4). What had seemed like a promising flank attack then faltered completely when the musketeer battalions supporting the cossacks were stopped by fire from the Garde de Paris and the first of the French reinforcements; Gardanne’s light infantry (Photo 5 & 6).
Photo 1: The attack by the Russian second and third columns.
Photo 2: Cossacks from the Russian third column poised to attack French artillery
Photo 3: Gap opened in French line due to defeat of artillery by the cossacks.