To recap, the initial battle dispositions can be found here while the account of the 0800-1000 battle phase is found here.
1000 In an attempt to stop the panic from spreading throughout IR59, Benedek catches up to the routing IR59/1 as it flees back towards Pozzolengo. Benedek's presence was all that was needed to halt and rally the battalion.
Lang's Austrian division is the next to activate. Activating before Mollard allows the Austrians to consolidate their gains on the heights before receiving Sardinian counterattacks.
|Austrians consolidate gains|
|Austrian guns deploy|
|Austrian guns deploy|
|Attack out of the vineyard|
The 5th KJ take up positions in the treeline north of Ortaglia as it probes to the north.
|Sardinians form a line|
|Casale arrives - close up|
|1st Hussar Regiment|
1030 Reichlin's horse artillery fires into Contracania to soften the defenders prior to a direct assault. Artillery fire is ineffective. Reichlin personally leads the assault on the walled compound taking IR18/4 in the front line with IR27/4 in support.
|Firefight at Contracania|
|Kaiser's Jagers assault San Martino|
|Kaiser's Jagers storm San Martino|
In the continuing firefight, the additional firepower of 8/4 IR tips the balance towards the defenders. Taking moderate casualties, the Austrians fall back about 300 yards. Benedek sees the repulse and hurries over to 18/4 to aid in rallying the wavering unit.
|Reichlin repulsed from Contracania|
|Kuhn marches to San Martino|
|7th IR counterattacks Jagers|
After the starch has been knocked out of a fresh unit, it never regains that level of effectiveness. Given that, fresh troops and reserves become very important to keep a drive alive or to hold a key battlefield objective. Good leadership is important to rally defeated units and step into the fray at the right moment to turn the tide.
Small, well-armed infantry can make a stand in built up areas and pushing them out of towns requires a combined arms approach. Even then, the outcome is far from certain as we saw in the firefight at Contracania. In the next hour, we get to see how artillery fares against an infantry assault.
Cavalry has not been tested in the battle yet. While both combatants have deployed their cavalry in opposition, neither is willing to launch the first thrust in fear of losing that threat. We will have to wait and see who flinches first.