|Initial deployment of forces, French on the left|
Von Grommitt had 10 battalions of infantry and 5 squadrons of cavalry plus a medium gun. He too opted for the classic deployment of infantry in the centre with cavalry on each wing and decided to advance against the whole French line, keeping his grenadiers in reserve, ready to exploit any gaps.
|Von Grommitt advances|
|Aubusson attacks the Austrian cuirassiers|
|The Austrian infantry near the ridge|
On the Alliance left the Austrian brigade had reached the ridge and started to move forward into a gap created by the retreat of the Zurlaben infantry battalion which had had to fall back due to casualties from artillery fire. As the Metternich battalion neared the crest they were attacked by the Marquis' cavalry which he had led forward. The Spanish horse charged forward but were stopped in their tracks by a deadly volley from the Austrians. As the remnants of the unit fell back, they left the field clear for the Marquis' second unit, the Cuirassier du Roi. This also charged Metternich and undeterred by the volley closed on the infantry. Sheltered by their pikes, the Austrians held their ground and again the French had to fall back. The Dutch battalion in the Austrian brigade had by this time driven Solre back from their works and was attempting to form up on the ridge.
|The Spanish horse charge forward|
In the centre, the leading battalion of Alliance grenadiers had attacked Languedoc, who were holding the part-built lines. These gave the French some advantage, but when the second grenadier battalion moved up the French gave way and fell back on their reserves.
As the light began to fade the Alliance had a foothold on the ridge on their left flank and in the centre, but were facing the bulk of the French reserves plus the Marquis' cavalry. On the Alliance right, the Hessian brigade had taken heavy casualties trying to take the ridge and Von Grommitt decided he should withdraw. The Comte could hardly believe his luck, he too had been on the point of ordering a withdrawal and the sight of his enemy falling back allowed him to order his troops to return to their positions on the ridge.
|The closing position|