A Swedish force in three columns is advancing on the village. The right hand infantry column (Colonel Sparre) has 4 battalions (one being guard) and a very light artillery battery. The second column, commanded by Colonel Stackenberg has 5 battalions and will arrive opposite the left hand side of the Russian line. The arrival of Colonel Creutz's cavalry (3 regiments) will be decided by die roll. Overall, the Swedish objective is to drive off/disperse the Russian regiments and capture the supplies.
This should not have been too much of a problem, but as the Russian line began its movement, out of the tree line appeared the second Swedish column and they were now in a position to attack the flank of the Russian line. As he galloped back to a central position, Repnin was relieved to see the battalions of the Narva regiment which comprised Schweden's brigade coming into view. With luck they would arrive in the nick of time to form up on the right of the Russian line and oppose the Swedish attack. Less welcome was the sight of the Swedish cavalry forming up behind Stackenberg's infantry. The ferocity of the Swedish cavalry charge was well known and Repnin hoped that his men were up to the challenge.
|Sparre urges on his men|
Elsewhere, the Russian artillery was making an impact. The Varvat Framlings regiment was forced to halt to reform its ranks as losses from artillery mounted. An unusual hesitancy now gripped the Swedish infantry (ie Steve had a run of very bad dice) and to maintain pressure the Swedish cavalry were ordered forward. The Finnish regiment Abo led the way, but, strayed within the arc of fire of the second Russian artillery battery. The concentrated fire reduced the regiment to a shambles and they took no further part in the battle. (The Swedish/Finnish cavalry regiments only had one step whereas the Russian dragoons had two).
|wreathed in smoke the guards' square suffers heavy casualties|
By now the Russian line had lost all semblance of order and this made Repnin's job of directing affairs even more difficult. The sole success was the damage inflicted on the Swedish guards by the volleys from Fraserski and fire from the Kiev dragoons. Schweden's men had managed to stall Stackenberg's advance and the 1st battalion of the Novgorodski had beaten off a charge by the Upplands cavalry regiment.
|Jonkopings press forward|