(#Click here to read the report of part one)
Cossack attack! Straight into the blown dragoons at the end of the latter's previous successful charge...
Oudinot's 'grenadiers' were hard-pressed by the mounting number of Russian troops brought to bear by Osterman's 2nd Div. and the jägers of the advance guard.
Under this pressure, Oudinot's men 'cracked' and retreated (failed divisional morale test at 1/2 losses). The Russians were ecstatic—at least Julian was!
The three photos below are looking from the French side, moving from north to south.
"Wevenge!" Taking a sledgehammer to a nail, Grouchy's dragoons and Nansouty's cuirassiers attack the Cossacks...
while the another unit of those pesky irregular Russian cavalry has a go at the carabiniers.
The carabiniers, emulating their historical counterparts, were again victorious, but the Cossack artillery fought off the dragoons! They later rallied, only to be removed from the table when the division, now down to that one unit of three, failed divisional morale.
von Polenz's Saxons join the attack, lead by the grenadiers in what was to be an inauspicious attack. The red-coated Germans were halted by the defensive fire of the Russian grenadiers, who then counter-charged and drove them back in retreat.
Back on the southern flank, French hopes are with Verdier's recently arrived division...
but it is first-blood to the Russian's as those marvellous/pesky jägers (depending on whom you ask) win again!
Dupas' 1st Division of Mortier's VIII Corps supporting von Polenz's Saxons (note the grenadiers still in retreat).
The French right is open to the advance of Osterman's division (closest) and the advance guard (in distance). Kologribov's cavalry also moving up.
At last, something to smile about at this end of the table—Biko has learned the value of rolling a six! Having won four (?, I lost count) mêlées in a row the jägers are broken.
By contrast, finally something to smile about for the Russian cavalry as Uvarov's dragoons defeat Nansouty's cuirassiers!
Trouble is, being the last unit of the division, it 'disappeared' when the divisional morale failed.
French hopes are buoyed by the Emperor's timely arrival; but where are the reinforcements?!
Dombroski's Polish chevau-légers (sans lance) defeated Kogine's Little Russia cuirassiers.
Those brave Cossack gunners were unable to hold off the French armoured horsemen. "If you meet a cuirassier, you'll be lucky to get away with your life".
Dombrowski's Poles join the attack in the French left-centre, but are stopped by defensive fire from Lvov's troops.
Back in the south (French right) that massed Russian column claims another victim, beating off an attack by a lone unit of Verdier's command.
Kologribov's lead unit of dragoons seize the opportunity to charge Verdier's infantry, but in one of those results that, to me, shows the great value of the dice in wargaming, are beaten back, despite the infantry failing to form square (Julian's turn to roll the '1', while Biko kept with the tactic of the '6').
Bennigsen had ordered the Russian guard cavalry to deploy onto the west side of the Alle to support the Russian left.
A final 'walk' around the table:
It is 13:00. Numbers on the field are now about even, but there is still hope for the Russians. Can they land some 'killer' blows before I Corps and the Guard arrive?
Our third and we expect final session of this battle is planned for 4th June.