Massena has the divisions of Gardanne (10 battalions and a foot battery) and Verdier (9 battalions and a foot battery) in the centre. On his right is Pino with 8 battalions and a foot battery; supporting Pino is Lasalle's Light Cavalry division (4 regiments). Molitor is on the left with 8 battalions and a foot battery. In between Verdier and Molitor is D'Espagne's Light Cavalry division (4 regiments and a horse battery). As a reserve Massena has Duhesme's Grenadiers division (4 battalions) and two foot batteries, one of which is a heavy battery. Massena's objective is to capture Caldiero and then advance down the road to Verona. His initial orders are for Pino to capture Gambion, covering his flank and Verdier and Gardanne to attack straight up the road. Molitor is to threaten the Austro-Russian right but not attack.
|Terrain in place, awaiting troop deployment|
|Lothringen ready to advance|
|The French right, Pino and Lasalle|
|Verdier and D'Espagne|
|Mesenzov holds the ridge|
Massena's plan unfolded with his centre moving purposefully towards Caldiero. In their dense columns they suffered from that attentions of the enemy artillery, but they grimly plodded on. Moving forward in support, Lasalle's impetuosity got the better of him and seeing Tolstoy's men in line he ordered his leading regiments to charge. However, the Austro-Russians had artillery support and their flanks secure they did not form square. A closing volley and a resolute wall of bayonets drove back the French cavalry with heavy losses.
|Lasalle's ill-fated attack|
|Pino's men near Gambion|
|Lothringen's men are losing the race|
Meanwhile in the centre Verdier and Gardanne are closing in on Caldiero. As the pressure increased, Bennigsen ordered Orlov forward to support Tolstoy.
|The French attack Caldiero|
At this point our first gaming session came to a close. Half the day had been taken up with setting up the terrain and deploying the troops, so it was a case of "to be continued...."
Overhead shot of the closing position, French on the lower half of the picture.