The latest battle saw the French attack through the centre (see the 1814 campaign page) against the Autro-Russians at Sezanne. The allies had 31,000 troops and over 150 guns but were badly short of cavalry in those totals, barely 1500 Austrian Dragoons and Chevaux Legere of the III Corps. The large allied cavalry formations were situated in areas either side of Sezanne and while this ensured that the armies flanks were secure the lack of mounted troops on the battlefield meant the allied defence would be severly hampered.
|Allied deployment behind the Grand Morin.|
|French attack on the far flank Austrian cavalry trying to delay the attack.|
|French flank attack reaches the stream.|
|The charge of the French Guard cavalry|
Stoutly defending their guns the Russian artillery took a heavy toll on the attackers. The Empress Dragoons took crippling losses from defensive fire, the survivors scattering back across the stream. The Grenadiers and Chasseurs a Cheval were made of sterner stuff and even though they suffered horrendous casualties the gun line was overrun. With the French across the stream and more troops arriving the situation was starting to look grim for the allied defence. And then the Old Guard infantry and artillery arrived...
|Forced marching to the battlefield, so fast they look almost blurred...|
Once the Guard artillery started to deploy and bombard the allied centre the casualties started to mount and Schwarzenberg started to need army morale rolls to remain on the field. The rules used a cut down version of March Attack and the army morale kicks in at 30% losses in infantry and cavalry units. Army commanders need to pass tests or the army is forced to retreat, the commander ability adds to his chance to pass and also allows a number of 'free' failures.
|The French Guard attack the allied centre.|
|Allied centre at 3.30pm after the right flank has crumbled. 1866 Austrian stand-ins for Gyulai's III Corps!|
By 3.30 the Russian 11th Corps had all but been destroyed as a fighting formation, the French were beginning to roll up the allied line and the Guard had been ordered forward in the centre to deliver the final crushing blow to the defenders. It was at this point that Schwarzenberg was forced to admit defeat and the Corps commanders were ordered to retreat.
|Another French victory - Vive L'Empereur!|