On the Austrian side of the Panzca, Mescery's cavalry is in disarray and falling back quickly from the upper bridge and ford. In the center Austrian troops remain in place, lining the brook intent on thwarting additional French attempts to cross.
In the center, Seras still has a toe-hold on the east bank of the brook clinging to his position anchored by the church. At present, the divisions of Seras, Durutte, and Severoli are under defend orders. Recall, Severoli had been bloodily repulsed in the previous 30 minutes. Having joined Severoli's division, d'Hilliers and Severoli both get down to the business of rallying their shaken troops. Fortunately, the majority of the division rallies back into good order.
|d'Hilliers rallies Severoli|
At Eugene's HQ, a stream of dispatches arrive from his infantry divisions in the center. With no dispatches from his right cavalry wing, the Viceroy busily sends orders to his infantry divisions. Durutte is to launch another assault against the Kis-Megyer complex. Durutte makes no delay in moving back into the hornet's nest. Will this assault see success when all previous attempts have met with failure?
Having received confirmation that Severoli was not as badly mauled as first suspected and that Eckhart was streaming back from the Middle Bridge in great disorder, Eugene orders Severoli, through d'Hilliers, to assault the middle bridge. In an attempt to relieve pressure from Durutte's assault, Severoli is to maintain contact with Durutte. Seeing Durutte's division advance towards the Kis-Megyer Farm, Severoli accepts his orders and, likewise, moves back towards the brook.
Out on the French right, French cavalry have fulfilled their orders of securing a bridgehead over the Pancza and driving off their opposition. With no orders arriving from Eugene, the French must act on their own initiative if they are to take advantage and finish off the remnants of Mescery's cavalry. While Colbert cautiously brings his command over to the east bank of the brook, Pully, Montbrun, and Grouchy all snap into action.
|French cavalry in pursuit|
|Grouchy poised to attack Andrasy|
|Montbrun rides down Hungarian cavalry|
|Montbrun breaks through|
|and destroys Hadik's command|
|22nd Legere attacks Kis-Megyer|
|French 62nd attacks IR61|
|IR61 retreats with heavy casualties|
|Lutz' guns targeted|
|and quickly destroyed|
|Lutz falls back in panic|
|Panic of the Austrian right|
and ending troop dispositions
History repeats itself and Viceroy Eugene emerges victorious.
For me, that was an exciting battle recreation with many a tense moment. Fought out on the table at a leisure pace over three months, this exercise gave me a chance to revisit 15mm Napoleonics and reacquaint myself with the rules. After a few years of inactivity, it was pleasing to see the collection back in action fighting across the table. This replay also gave me the chance to re-examine the rules and make a few clarifications and minor changes. Even after a long hiatus, the rules worked well and mechanisms came back to me quickly.
Most importantly, I want to thank Phil (Archduke Johan) and Michael (Viceroy Eugene) for sticking with the game over the last three months and issuing orders when needed. Without their input, this exercise would not have been as enjoyable. The exploits of this game with remain as pleasant memories.
For those who have persevered in following this lengthy replay, I hope it has provided some enjoyment.
With the 15mm troops put away until their next battle, the table looks quite barren, no?
What should be next?