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NBC's GaW5 Battle 1
« le: 14 mars 2012, 22:43:34 pm »
Davout today was given his first major command, after being surprised by a Russian attack, found himself outnumbered in small area of the country we shall call Poland 28.
Taking up defensive positions along a narrow front with hills to his right and one small town and cornfields to his left, Davout pulled off a defensive masterpiece.
From his hill in the north Davout as able to determine where the main allied attack was going to come from, not necessarily straight away, but by the numbers of troops seen in the south-east this was where the main allied thrust was going to come from. Gouvion St Cyr held the right flank while Suchet with Massena in support defended the left flank.
The guard took up positions central to the main battle line with Murat and Bessieres ready to ride to support whoever would need it.
The battle opened with light skirmishers in the north mainly with cavalry and artillery. Regiments from St Cyr and Suchet were quickly formed into a corp under the command of Soult who were to act as a fire brigade to be sent to any breach in the line. As the Russians began to apply pressure in the south cavalry from St Cyr managed to pick off a couple of batteries as they moved up to their deployment zones. St Cyr was able to hold the allied horde at bay long enough for Mortier and his guard to take positions behind him thus adding his support to the defence. Suchet eventually fell back to a defensive line behind Massenna closing a gap in the centre of the line. Victors artillery corp soon suffered under a combined artillery and cavalry
attack, not one of his guns escaped the carnage. As more and more allied troops were fed into the attack on the right flank, Grouchy was spotted at the southern lop, and was soon sent forward to hold the tiring right flank, this timely arrival of fresh troops (reinforcements) probably saved the right flank from total collapse.
As the allied guards were now being committed in ever increasing numbers time was of the essence, as long as the French could hold until nightfall then a disaster would be averted. Russian cavalry were seen advancing towards the weakened centre and all available reserves of cavalry were called upon to defend this area, the last three regiments of guard cavalry were also there to give their support literally breaking their attack on the spot.
With the onset of night the allies withdrew leaving dead and wounded littering the field, the French who also had fought themselves to exhaustion where seen streaming back to camp. The allied attack had been stopped but at what cost?