Disaster for Davout

A couple of photos from this evenings Volley & Bayonet game set in 1806. The French comprising Davout’s III Corps, reinforced by elements of Lefebvre’s Reserve Corps and not fully deployed, are caught by the advancing Prussians. While the French were of extremely high morale the numerically superior and concentrated Prussians and Saxons advanced with great élan.

Above and below the French centre. The town was secured initially by Gudin’s Division that formed the French right. Morand’s Division eventually deployed to the left towards an area of cornfields. The disordered Prussian guns provoked a French attack, which unfortunately failed to achieve the hoped for dramatic breakthrough.

Below, a view which shows the French right and centre. French cavalry, including Nansouty’s Heavy Cavalry Division in the forefound, was heavily outnumbered by Prussian cavalry.

The French left eventually expanded to past the cornfields but was outflanked by Saxon cavalry and forced to retire. Below, just prior to retiring, Friant’s Division with Hulin’s Guard Division in the left foreground.

However, the battle was decided in the centre where repeated French attacks were thrown back with heavy casualties. Indeed, Morand’s Division eventually collapsed after several hours of fighting. A truely fascinating encounter, but with a very different result than that at Auerstedt.

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