1100 The 5th Sardinian Division under Cucchiari activates. The Casale brigade led by 11th IR advances on IR17 near the northern boundary to the vineyard west of San Martino. Cucchiari oversees the preparatory artillery bombardment before 11th closes. Targeted by the artillery, IR17/1 takes heavy casualties and falls back through the vineyard. Disrupted from being ousted from San Martino, the 8th Bers falls back behind the safety of the guns to rally. The 12th IR advances on San Martino with thoughts of pushing the Austrian jaegers out of the village.
|Situation at 1100|
|Kuhn reaches Ponticello|
|Action at Contracania|
|7th attacks the guns|
IR59/2 takes casualties from fire as it closes. In the close combat, both combatants suffer losses but the Austrians break off the assault and retire about 800 yards. In the assault against 7/4, 59/Gren and 59/1 take casualties while 7/4 suffers heavy losses and routs. Routing back down the hill disrupts both 7/1 and Cuneo 8lb battery while carrying away 12/3 in its flight.
|Lang leads from the front|
|Reichlin pressures Sardinian right|
1130 Mollard, still keeping an eye towards Rivoltella, awaits the arrival of Pinerolo. With much of Mollard's command either disrupted or over-extended (or both), Mollard decides now is the time to rally his division and establish a new line. To accomplish that task, 10/1 Bers swaps places with 8/4 IR in Contracania so that 8/4 can support 8/1. Cuneo battery recovers from disruption as do 8/2, 8/1 and 7/1. Over-extended after driving off of the guns, 7/2 and 7/3 retrograde back to support the Sardinian guns south of Roccolo farm. Mollard joins 7/4 in an attempt to halt the rout. With his leadership, battalion 7/4 rallies. The Cuneo 8 lb battery fires into IR59/3 causing casualties and disrupting the battalion.
|Mollard reforms line|
|Reichlin envelops Contracania|
|Reichlin's attack repulsed|
|Lippert rallies his brigade|
|IR17/1 seeking cover in the vineyard|
Having witnessed Reichlin's setback on the left and Contracania remaining as a tough Sardinian salient, Benedek considers redeploying Phillipovic from the right to the center. This plan would require Berger's division to take up the right while protecting the Austrian LOC. Under contact with the enemy, disengagement of Phillipovic and replacing with Waverliet would represent a risky undertaking. Berger's second brigade (Kuhn) would soon be in place to support Phillipovic.
Arriving at Ponticello, Kuhn deploys on the right of the Pozzolengo Road anticipating a passage of lines with Phillipovic. Waverliet remains in place on the ridge until hearing word from Benedek.
For the Sardinians, Acqui brigade from Cucchiari's division finally arrives onto the battlefield from the north. Cucchiari, himself, rides over to 12/2 IR to rally the battalion. With the Austrian infantry falling back into the cover of the vineyard, both of Cucchiari's Sardinian batteries focus on San Martino. The fire from both batteries convinces the 5/2 KJ to flee San Martino leaving many dead and wounded behind.
|Cucchiari's guns drive Austrians from San Martino|
Benedek, with two fresh Austrian brigades on the right, may consider a strong push against Cucchiari before reinforcements arrive. Once committed though, it may be difficult to later defend the Austrian LOC if threatened.
Cucchiari's two batteries astride the Pozzolengo Road are beginning to dominate San Martino and the vineyard. Austrian advances along this avenue of approach likely will be met with fierce bombardments.