At 13:30, Pully's dragoon division is seen approaching the Upper Bridge to lend support to the French cavalry whom have been battling there all morning. Much of the French cavalry rally with the exception of half of the 1/Italian Dragoons who continue routing back across the Pancza.
|Pully's dragoons approach Pancza|
|French cavalry attack|
|Austrians counter charge!|
In the final clash, the 2/Italian Dragoons meet another counter charging body of Insurrection cavalry. In this exchange, the Hungarians are overrun as they fall back in search of safety. As the Italians continue on their rampage, the 2/Zemplin Insurrectio are hit and destroyed. Shaken, the Italian dragoons recall to the Pancza.
Three attacks and four Hungarian Insurrectio cavalry formations have disappeared. With the seeming destruction of Mescery's cavalry wing, both Hadik and Grozstony must check for panic. With heavy losses, both formations panic and break towards the east leaving a number of troopers in the hands of the French.
|Mescery's command disintegrates|
Without support from Seras or Durutte, Severoli's Division of d'Hilliers' Corps advances across the Pancza to engage the Austrians alone. To help shelter Severoli's Italians from artillery fire as they make their way across the treacherous brook, Durutte's 1/62 Line advances so as to shield the Italians. This maneuver is not without cost as the French become disordered by the gun fire.
|Severoli steps across the Pancza Brook|
Next to contact the Austrians is 1st Italian Line Regiment. The Italians climb out of the brook to face 1/IR27 on Severoli's right. In the struggle for supremacy, first the Italians become shaken and then are overpowered by the Austrians. Having suffered heavy casualties, the 1st Italian Regiment retreats back across the brook, demoralized. Going in against Sebottendorf's guns on Severoli's left, the 1/3 Italian Line Regiment attacks. Threatened, the Austrian guns limber and scamper away.
In the final attack on the Austrian line, the 112th French Line finds Eckhart's IR32. In a desperate struggle with the 10 Grenz lending support on IR32's right, the Austrians begin to waver and then break for the rear. IR32 takes heavy casualties as it retreats to safety.
|Severoli wins some and losses some|
|Situation from French positions|
|Gajoli arrives at HQ|
Your excellency, thank you for elevating me to the command of Frimont's Reserve. My former division is on the way to block Seras' advance upon the southern approaches to Kis-Megyer.
One of my talented ADCs has joined me with my recommendation that he take over Kienmeyer's vacant command. In tandem, we can throw the French back from Kis-Megyer.
When I left my positions near Kis-Megyer, the Italians were preparing an attack on the northern approaches to the farm. I am confident my old division along with the support of the Reserve batteries, can stall any French attempt to take Kis-Megyer from the south.
The grenadiers of the Reserve may be useful in counterattacking Severoli's Italians if they make a passage of the Pancza. After being thrown back from Kis-Megyer, Durutte appears to not have the stomach for another such frontal attack.Before Johan can respond to Gajoli's recommendations, a chorus of "Huzzahs" are heard above the gunfire coming from north of Kis-Megyer. Both commanders turn their glasses towards the Kis-Megyer complex.
What are your orders?
The Italians have been turned back and are in flight, your Excellency!" exclaims Gajoli.Lowering his eye glass, the Archduke, says,
Indeed! No need for the grenadiers to support Sebottendorf. Prepare to send the grenadiers and the 19th against the church. Let's see if we can push Seras back across the brook too!As Gajoli's old division attacks between the church and Kis-Megyer, the Austrian reserve batteries continue to pound the French hunkered down behind the walls of the church. The 1/53rd takes more casualties and becomes shaken.
|Austrian Reserve batteries in action|
With heavy artillery fire to their right and being attacked frontally by fresh troops, the 2/53rd buckles and retreats back across the Pancza , demoralized. As they retreat, the 53rd passes through the 1st Legere forcing them back across the brook as well.
|Dispositions at 14:00|
Whew! The Austrian left appears to be in disarray but the Austrian strongpoints in the center continue to hold and hold well. The repulse of Severoli's large division of Italians is a tough pill to swallow for Eugene.
As for Johan, where should his next move concentrate?
With his left flank now in the air, quick decisions must be made. What should they be?