|Opening clashes on the French right|
|6th and 9th Divisions attacking the Hougoumont |
|General view, looking west from Paris Wood|
|General view looking SW.|
|The battle on the east flank. In the hands of 5th Hanover Bde |
lies the safety of the Allied left flank. Where are 4th and
6th cavalry brigades?
|Two and a half French Divisions attack the Hougoumont|
at odds of at least seven to one
For the moment the action looked deadlocked along the whole front. Then the 4th and 6th Cavalry Brigades lurched into motion, and thundered down upon the French 1st Cavalry Division. Stuck in a salient hemmed in by the Paris Wood, Milhaud's Cavalry and the Hanoverian square; already having taken heavy losses, and now facing odds of five to one into the bargain, Jacquinot's light horse stood no chance. They were scattered to the winds.
|Allied cavalry - 4th and 6th Brigades - charge a |
much depleted French 1st Cavalry Division
|Charging ever onward...|
|The Allied left now safe, the opposing horse there |
fall back to regroup and keep watch and ward
|Kellermann's Cav Corps moving off to the west flank...|
I and II Corps largely syphoned off to the flanks, General Count Lobau's VI Corps, weakened by detachments to Marshal Grouchy's command, began moving slowly up to fill the space between the Guard artillery in action along the road up from Maison du Roi, and the right flank of II Corps. A lucky salvo from the Allied II Corps artillery gave a check to the trailing 20th Division - a gap opened up between the columns, and Lobau was finding it difficult to get the Corps united again (a really bad activation die roll).
Imperial Guard remained motionless in and about Maison du Roi, when they might usefully have moved forward even a short distance, that it's masse de rupture might be thrown in in a timely fashion. Only the Guard artillery were in action - at least for the time being. The only other move was to bring in the Guard heavy cavalry closer to the main body of the Guard infantry.
D'Erlon's I Corps continued to cling on to Papelotte and Frichemont, without being able, yet, to force their way beyond. Allied attempt to wrest the villages from the enemy were proving equally fruitless, as losses mounted on both sides. The garrison of the Hougoumont refused to be shifted, and II Corps was equally stuck fast. The French build-up in the centre was proceeding much too slowly.
|General view, just before...|
|... the arrival of the lead elements of the Prussian |
IV Army Corps...
To be continued - The Prussians