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As the battle resumes, the Austrians still control much of the high ground around San Cassiano. San Cassiano remains firmly in Austrian hands. MacMahon is seen shifting more resources toward San Cassiano.
|Situation on Austrian Right|
Wherein the previous session the French showed great resolve and committed great resources in taking San Cassiano, the start of Session #3 suggested a change in French strategy. Rather than continue to pound at San Cassiano with little effect, French movements suggest that containing and bypassing San Cassiano may be the new order for the day.
Rather than stick to the earlier French objective of taking both San Cassiano and Cavriana on the path toward victory, MacMahon seemingly switched the goal from taking vital ground to destroying the Austrian's will to fight. With two Austrian brigades already broken, only one more enemy brigade wrecked would secure victory. The difficulty is that the French must wreck one Austrian brigade before wrecking two of its own. As seen from the rosters in Session #2, this task may be easier said than done! Let's pick up the action.
|French attack the heights!|
|Heavy fighting for the high ground.|
|Austrian defense in-depth.|
|You win some; you lose some.|
|The western most ridge is in French hands.|
Spirits are high among the victorious French but that jubilation is short-lived. Out on the plain, two French battalions are destroyed by concentrated artillery fire.
|Austrian plays its hand on the plain.|
|MacMahon leads the attack!|
|Desvaux is killed.|
|Montenuovo defends Cavriana|
|as the French press on.|
|Isolated enemy are attacked|
|The French within reach of Cavriana|
|while San Cassiano continues to hold out.|
|No place to hide out on the plain.|