A general overview of the table. Major General Boome has his brigade of 4 Hessian line battalions and a unit of converged grenadiers and a light gun deployed to face the approaching brigade of 4 infantry regiments and a light gun commanded by the Marquis de Aubauge et Didier. Von Grommit is marching to support Boome with the Austrian brigade of 4 battalions commanded by Count Maximillian Landeck und Rothenstein and a medium gun. Behind Von Grommit is Hofburg-Riesling with two regiments of cavalry, the Veningen Gendarmes and the Erbach regiment. (their arrival is dependent on a dice throw).
Salle-Forde is just about to enter the battlefield behind the Marquis accompanied by a brigade of 3 battalions commanded by the Marquis d' Haute Brie. Arriving later (again dependent on a dice throw) are a small detachment under the Chevalier St Rogere (one militia battalion and one unit of dismounted dragoons) and a brigade of two cavalry regiments, Aubusson and Vaillac, under Chevalier Auguste Dupleix. These reinforcements will arrive to the left of the wood on the left flank of the Marquis de Aubauge et Didier.
|Major General Boome's brigade|
|Aubauge et Didier's brigade|
|The fast marching Austrians|
|Von Grommitt leads his battalions across the river|
|The grenadiers charge home on Zurlaben|
|Landeck und Rothenstein's men deploy|
|d'Humieres comes under pressure|
D'Haute Brie was doing his best to suppress the fire from Landeck und Rothenstein's battalions. Metternich in particular was suffering and Rothenstein ordered the artillery to fire at Bavarois to try and drive them off. Unfortunately, the gunners came under fire. The crewman with the portfire was hit and as he fell his burning match fell into a powder barrel. In the explosion the gun was wrecked and most of the crew killed. At the same time Landeck und Rothenstein was attempting to rally Metternich. He was wounded as another volley from Bavarois scythed through the Austrian ranks.
|The Austrian gun is destroyed|
However, Aubuge et Didier's confidence rapidly evaporated. Dupleix's men ignored trumpet calls and pursued the Allied cavalry off into the distance. Relieved of their threat, Salle-Forde's replacement could rally his units and then go to Boome's aid. The Hessian infantry stood firm. Lowenstein fired a devastating volley which reduced Solre to ruins and then drove them from the field. The reformed converged grenadiers charged the militia, whose volley was totally ineffectual and the militia simply disintegrated. By the river, Toulouse was hit by volleys from Erbprinz, the light gun and Herberstein and broke. Even Bavarois, who had done little wrong was eventually forced to fall back. Aubauge et Didier and d'Haute Brie met and with no cavalry, over half their infantry casualties or routed decided that there was now no chance of eliminating the bridgehead. They decided to fall back. For his part Boome felt he had done enough and the fight petered out.
An enjoyable game which both commanders felt they could win.