Straight off the march, the Prussian corps mounted the Haliniez Heights, the two landwehr Divisions holding each end of the ridge, with the Corps artillery in battery between them. The wood in front of the position rather restricted the guns' arc of fire, but, together with bend in the stream, was more inconvenient to the French. The Vachva itself was no great obstacle - occasioning only a slight delay when crossing, but the angle opposite the Haliniez Wood the stream made to the southwest made its traverse awkward in the face of an enemy.
Even so, that did not stop the III Corps light horse and 25th infantry Division building up an assault upon the Brandenburger Landwehr holding the north end of the Heights.
To the left of V Corps, the Imperial Guard were also on the march, light horse, and the Young Guard, skirmishers deployed in grande bandee to the fore. Riding forward to try conclusions with the Guard lights, the Russian cuirassiers came under a destructive gunfire from the Guard artillery. By the time the clash came, the Russian heavy horse had been much weakened by the bombardment.
The Brandenburg Landwehr Division, meanwhile, had formed square betimes and seen off the attack by the III Corps light cavalry. But this placed them at hazard against the skirmishers and column of 25th Division crossing the stream and advancing up the slopes. The remainder of III Corps and IX Corps, under a telling fire from Russian and Prussian artillery - some 64 cannon) were still yet to cross the stream in force. The Russian dragoons had ridden off, minus a considerable number of troopers, and the grenadier column readied themselves for an attack of their own.
To be continued. Is this the closing phase of a battle that for the French no more than a tactical draw, not far removed from a defeat? Are the Allied about to go over to attack? The conclusion of this encounter, next time.