- 1infantry unit = 2-3 thousand men (4-6 battalions)
- 1 cavalry unit = 1-2 thousand men (6-12 squadrons)
- 1 artillery unit = 18-24 guns (2-4 batteries)
View down the French lines
Austrian cuirassier ready to exploit French weaknesses
The French begin their attack by moving around the wood on the right. Their main force advances toward the hills while the cavalry on the left move into the woods hoping to flank the Austrian lines.
Austrians respond by reinforcing the right flank of their line with infantry while foot artillery and cuirassier fill the middle. On the left of their lines they move to meet the advancing French leaving an infantry reserve behind the bend in the river.
The French left advances up the hill and through the woods while the vanguard enters skirmish range on the right.
The Austrians plug the gap between the hussars and infantry on the left of their line while the infantry on the hill skirmish fire at the advancing French and prepare their lines to receive the assault. In the center, the infantry reserve begins to advance. On the Austrian left, the infantry shakes out into a line in order to block the French corps. Prepared infantry are marked with bolt action order dice.
The French charge hits home on the Austrian held hill but they are beaten back all across. One unit impetuously charges on the right flack but is similarly stymied.
The French are beaten back across the entire line
Then raked by musketry from the stationary Austrians
The front unit of the right flank has taken a serious beating from fire and combat
The Austrian cuirassier spring into action against the depleted infantry of the French first line, breaking one unit and forcing another to retreat.
The French advance has been stymied and the Austrian cuirassier are threatening to get around the end of the French lines and roll the flank.
The French respond quickly to the threat posed by the Austrian cavalry. The units already in position open fire at close range with musket volleys and canister. Meanwhile, the French reserves spring into action with the horse artillery moving up to contribute its own fire while a cuirassier and dragoons gallop towards the Austrian horsemen.
The French cavalry, finally emerging from the woods, charge the Austrians’ right flank
The cavalry charge meets with mixed results, pushing back a unit of Austrian Hussars on the flank and breaking a unit of infantry, but otherwise failing to penetrate the Austrian lines. This action is mirrored by yet another unsuccessful attack by the French units on the right flank.
Austrian muskets rattle down the lines as they attempt to weaken the French before the next assault