Turn 1: 8am
The French and Russians are deployed near each other, but cannot see each other well due to a raging snowstorm. (Imagine the snow blowing fiercely and covering the ground.)
French troops in front of Eylau. Notice the Brigade of infantry wearing white uniforms. I was very pleased to have some of these to deploy for the battle.
In order to simulate the confusion on the field due to the snow storm, I gave Paul a unique 'card' to play at any time: He could reposition any two of my infantry units before taking his turn. Naturally he couldn't wait and played it immediately before his first turn. In an ode to history, he moved Augereau's corps right up to the muzzles of his grand battery and opened fire on them.
Six Brigades of Cuirassiers and Dragoons rode forward.
I was forced to spend a turn regrouping my forces. I drew back the dragoons, moved up a fresh division of Cuirassier, and had Davout ride over to the left of his corps to take command of the cavalry action.
The impact of the 'Big Boots' is tremendous! They ride right over the Russian Dragoon brigade, up the ridge into and over the Russian Cuirassier brigade, and on into and over the depleted Russian artillery unit that had just moved back onto the ridge.
The Russian commander reluctantly decides to pull his men back to retain contact with the main Russian position.
Davout doesn't want to let them get away unscathed, so he decides to keep up the pressure and orders the heavy cavalry to press them. The Russian infantry forms square, but is now pinned and can't continue the withdraw to their new line in the woods.
More to follow on Monday.