Objectives: The hill on the Russian right flank, the village/church (had to take and hold two out the three buildings) and the farm (gain both buildings)
Deployment: FRENCH: It was decided to give the task of taking and holding the hill to the Young Guard brigade. They would have a couple of cavalry brigades to support this action. The Middle Guard would try and attack the village but bearing in mind the village was virtually already in Allied hands, this was going to be a tough call. The centre open ground would be cavalry dominated with one infantry brigade opposite the farm and the weak Westphalian brigade to hold the right flank.
Their idea: Was to take the hill and dominate the centre so be able to take the village in due course. It was not anticipated that taking the farm was a realistic option.
RUSSIAN/AUSTRIAN: The game plan here was to rush the hill with a combination of one Russian line infantry brigade (who were already in the process of crossing the stream as the game began) supported by Cossacks on their right and a Russian line Cuirassier brigade supporting their left. The Russian Guard were located in the village. Massed cavalry in the centre/open ground. One Russian brigade was tasked with defending the one farm building within easy reach.
Their idea: smash and grab the hill and launch a massed cavalry assault in the centre.
Russian units making their dash from the village.
The final moments of the battle. The Westphalians can be seen in the foreground with the farmhouse in French hands. The village and church is in the far distance, with the hill just out of view.
Overall a good game, enjoyed by all that attended. There might be a further game this year but looking doubtful.