1200 Lang activates his division. Reichlin rides over to IR19/4 in attempt to stop the rout. He succeeds in restoring order into the battalion near Donnino. IR27/4 remains disrupted from its earlier repulsed attack. While IR19/4 and 27/4 attempt to sort themselves out, IR9/4 with support from IR18/4 assault two battalions of the 8th Infantry Regiment northwest of Contracania. Outnumbered and outgunned, the 8th falls back to Monata Farm.
|Austrians flank Contracania|
On the Austrian right, Philipovic's infantry fire ineffectively into the Sardinians to his front. Sardinian return fire is more effective with IR17/2 taking casualties. 5/1 Kaiser Jaegers fire out of San Martino into 12/2 IR at close range. 12/2 suffers casualties and becomes disrupted by the fire. The battalion falls back to rally without success.
|Overview at noon|
|Acqui BDE arrives|
|Acqui BDE arrives|
8/2 and 8/3 move up to plug the gap in the line left by the withdrawal of 8/1 and 8/4. 7/1 and 7/4 move up to the Roccolo farm.
|Heated action in the center|
|Battle hangs in the balance|
Wow! What a sudden end to the game. A series of poor die rolls by the Austrians saw their center collapse. Given the disparity between the Sardinians' smoothbore muskets and the Austrians' rifled muskets, Lippert might have been prudent to remain on the heights and blast away at the approaching Sardinians. Risking a frontal attack at close range negated the Austrian advantage in small arms. Once the heights were secure, perhaps defending the high ground would have been a better tactic.
In the full battle, the Austrians must also be aware of the Sardinian columns coming from the west with thoughts of turning the San Martino position via Madonna della Scoperta.
By noon, two of Lang's three brigades were down to about 70% combat effective (CE) each. With that reduction in CE, a defense is a better choice than an offense. On the Sardinian side, Mollard's Cuneo Brigade and Cucchiari's Casale Brigade saw the most action. By noon, Cuneo was fighting at 67% CE and Casale was at 81% CE.
|Fallen combatants remain on the battlefield|
Time to put the troops away and get back to painting. Perhaps I'll leave the battle set up and give Maurice a test over this very same ground?