Photo 1: The opposing armies line up for battle on a grey February day.
Photo 2: View from ‘Benningsen’s’ command post.
Figure 1: Map of the tabletop showing the initial dispositions of the French (blue) and Russian (green) armies. The squares are 300 x 300 mm2, ground scale 1 mm equals 2 m.
Photo 3 and 4: Opening manoeuvres: Russian left flank and St Hilaire’s attack.
Photo 5: French light cavalry preparing to drive-off Platov’s Cossacks and open the way for the reserve cavalry.
Photo 6: Lasalle’s 5th Hussars dispatch the Ingermanland Dragoons.
Photo 7: Counter-attack—the “mighty” Moscow Dragoons again!
Photo 8: Cossacks! The expected easy victory over Platov’s Cossacks was not to be.
Photo 9 and 10: Lithuanian Uhlans were beaten off by the square of 1/4e ligne.
Photo 11: Success and failure—St Hilaire’s infantry advance rapidly to assault Russian batteries.
Photo 12: Attack of Legrand’s and Leval’s divisions on Russian centre-right.
Photo 13: Dashing through the snow... Murat at the head of the column of reserve cavalry just prior to its entry into combat on the Russian left flank.
Photo 14: Beaten but not broken. Platov’s Cossacks in retreat after putting up a spirited defence that saw them break several units of chasseurs and hussars, embarrassing many a beau sabreur and severely disrupting the attack on the Russian right wing.
Photo 15: Gap in Russian line left by retreat of Tutchkov’s division (centre top of photo), but where were the French troops to exploit it?
Photo 16: Faltering attack: Legrand’s troops in retreat—under the very nose of the Emperor!
Photos 17 to 20: Snowstorm! With the snow blowing directly at them, the French units made some erratic movements on their left flank, centre and right flank (top to bottom).
Photos 21 to 25: Russian counter-attacks break units of Desjardin’s (Photo 21), Legrand’s (Photos 22 & 23), Leval’s (Photo 24) and St Hilaire's (Photo 25) divisions.
Photos 26 and 27: d'Hautpoul's 10th/11th Cuirassiers break the Pavlograd Hussars.
Photo 28: Battlefield at around 16:00.
Photo 29: Crisis in the French centre as Essen III’s troops drive towards Eylau.
Photo 30 and 31: Milhaud’s 12th and 8th Dragoons beaten in mêlées against the Leibguard Cuirassiers and Kargopol Dragoons, but not broken.
Photo 34: The "high-tide" of the Russian counter-attack.
Photo 35: Milhaud’s 16th and 9th/21st Dragoons stand firm having broken Leibguard Cuirassiers and Isoum Hussars.
Photo 36: Gap on the French left flank caused by the loss of Leval’s division.
Photo 37: “Give me night or give me Ney”. The Duc d’Elchingen arrives with his corps around Althoff and attacks Prussian rearguard under Generalmajor von Prittwitz (top of photo)
Photo 38: Milhaud’s 16th Dragoons, supported by the 9th/21st Dragoons prepare to charge the Pskov Dragoons (right of photo).
Photo 39: The “hand of god” removes the Polish Uhlans, victims of French artillery fire. The remainder of Barclay de Tolly’s cavalry are in the foreground, while Milhaud’s dragoons are in readiness at the top of the picture.
Photos 40 to 42: In defense of the Emperor, the 1st Chasseurs à Pied and 1st and 2nd Grenadiers à Pied beat off all attacks and counter-attack Essen III’s troops.
Photos 43: The Chasseurs à Cheval retreat in disgrace having failed to dislodge the square of the Tenginski Musketeers.
Photos 44 and 45: Towarzycs Uhlans broke the square of the 1/21e ligne of Gudin's division (above) only to be broken themselves after a successful defence by the 2/21e ligne (below).
Photos 46 and 47: Above: Morand’s division defend against attacks of Sacken’s infantry supported by Pahlen III’s cavalry. Below: the view from the Russian side (Pahlen III’s cavalry).
Photo 48: A lone aide rushes across what was the Russian right flank with new orders for the reserve cavalry. The French reserve cavalry are at the far left, with Somov’s retreating division in the centre-rear.
|Photos 49 to 51: End of battle from (top to bottom) the north-west, centre and south-east.|