French artillery then made good play against the III/1st Royal Scots and the I/1st Guard behind. Hope's predicament is evident from the picture below. No attempt whatever was made to seize Piedralonga, which the French bypassed. Below how things stood at Move Four.
The advance continued, with an excellent triple-pronged attack on the I/5th Foot and the I/92nd Highlanders behind them by Lorge's dragoons and the 86th Ligne. In the picture below you cannot quite make out either that attack developing to the top left, nor Major-General Bentinck's 1/42nd Highlanders holding up Paget's division in the centre, the two generals arguing about who should move, although the reality was that by the time they came to have that argument, there was no longer the slightest possibility of trapping Merment's division between two fires. Securing Elvina was simply not enough, the Rifles largely using it for refuge. Meanwhile Sir John Moore, safely ensconced on the heights of San Cristobal, was simply in the wrong place.
Within a short space of time, Merment's 47th and 122nd Regiments were actively engaged, ignoring the British traffic jam to their left. It was a tussle that was to continue all day, largely to the advantage of the French, although neither side was especially interested in house-to-house fighting in Elvina itself.
And then we saw a sight one does not often see: a broken British square. If it was not a good day for the British, it was especially not so for the Scots. Too many dragoons, too well-commanded.
Pushed back, at the end of Move Eight Hope's division rallied against the odds and reformed, albeit demoralised. French morale sank. Had Delaborde been too cautious about the furnace after all?
But it was not Hope's battle to win. As it was, he held on bravely against huge odds but the result was almost inevitable, eventually his division reached half-losses, failed its morale, and fled back towards Corunna.
Oman, Sir Charles (1902) A History of the Peninsular War, Volume I. Oxford, Clarendon Press.
There are some magnificent other depictions of the battle available on line. Those I have seen and admired include the following