The action at Arroyo con Pollo continues from where we last left the combatants. Part One of the battle is documented here. Initial French attacks on the British flanks were repulsed.
|KGL Hussars ready for action|
The 20th, with Lowe attached, volleys into the disordered 70/1. More Frenchmen fall and the 70/1 falls back in an attempt to escape the heat. A cheer erupts from the British line and the 20th pursues the retiring French. Even though two volleys are unleashed into the 20th, neither are effective and the 20th closes due to Lowe's leadership.
To cover the 20th's now exposed left, the 38th advances with the intent to assault the French 86/1. The 86/1 fires two volleys and the 38th takes casualties and becomes disordered. Not wanting to close in their disordered state, the 38th halts.
On the British right, the KGL go on the offensive. Sympher's guns placed at the foot of the hill target the advancing legere. Sympher successfully tears a few holes in the French lights before the 5th KGL foot can close. As the Germans close, the 2nd Legere's skirmishers are driven in. With combat effectiveness eroding from the cannon fire, the legere fall back into the wheat field. With no desire to engage multiple fresh French infantry, the 5th occupies the ground vacated by the legere and halts.
Having a flank exposed to the threat of French cavalry is no good so the 7th KGL advances to cover the 5th's right.
Lamotte's cavalry now stirs into action. The 5th Chasseurs a Cheval rally but maintain their threatening position while the 2nd Hussars strike out towards the 7th KGL. With the angle of the French approach, no fire was possible so the Germans form up into square. Not wanting to attack ordered infantry in square, the 2nd Hussars recall back towards their lines.
With the 7th in square, the 70/2 attacks in assault column. The 7th unloads two devastating volleys into the packed French but it continues to close upon the square.
In the assault, both combatants take heavy casualties but the French, nearing exhaustion, cannot break the square and are, themselves, repulsed. With the exception of the Swiss, all other French attacks have been repelled on the British right. The British right remains solid but somewhat weakened.
Menard's command activates on the British left and much of the French actions are consumed reordering his command. Menard rides over to join the 86/2 in square to rally it. The 86/2 rallies and then forms line. Mermet joins the grenadiers and with his inspiration, rally from combat effectiveness of 2 up to an effectiveness of 4. Content to remain at arms' length from the enemy, the 86/1 inflicts casualties upon the 38th while Menard's guns degrade the fighting capability of the 20th.
|The 20th attacks!|
In the close work, the 20th dishes out two hits while the 70th can only reply with one. With their combat effectiveness teetering on dissolution, the 70th retreats back away from the victorious British.
|Who is who?|
|7th KGL advances|
Now Taupin's command activates. The 2nd Legere rally while Taupin rides over to the Swiss. The Swiss change into line and fire into the 5th KGL. The Germans take casualties but stand firm.
|KGL form square|
|French attack a square|
|The French left retreats|
At the end of Turn 6, French attacks all along the front have been repulsed and the British are still firmly in control of the defile. The British line may be bent but certainly not broken. While the French left has taken much punishment, the French right is recovering from their earlier setbacks. Too bad for the French that they have no cavalry on their right to exploit the weakening British positions.
As has been uttered in many a game, initiative is going to be very important next turn!
|Situation end of Turn 6|