Continuing the battle played by email with 54mm toy soldiers using the "Big Wars" rules devised by Stuart Asquith and Jack Alexander.
This was the first time we three, players and umpire, had used these rules so this was very much a learning experience for us as well as a bit of fun.
......... but as the Cuirassiers round the hill they move within range of the Turkish guns and pay a terrible price.
Meanwhile the transfer of forces from the Russian left to the centre continues
The Russian infantry begins to reform in the centre
The Russian Command group in the left foreground are lead forward by the Emigre General Hagen von Tronek (in blue) and the Tsar's cousin, Grand Duke Michael (in black). It was considered politically unacceptable for a mercenary officer to have command of the defence so the Grand Duke is nominally in command while his subordinate von Tronek is actually the effective Commander. When victory is announced the Grand Duke will be rewarded by his cousin and hailed by a grateful nation. However should things go wrong von Tronek will take responsibility, his adjutant will hand him a loaded pistol and he will be invited to "do the right thing - pour encourager les autres".
The Cuirassiers, ranks thinned by the pounding from enemy guns, find themselves outnumbered two to one but give good account of themselves. Elsewhere on the field the Turkish cavalry find they are no match for the Lancers .........
....... they break and are pursued back through their own lines.
The Turkish infantry takes up a strong position occupying the line of hills and halts.
The Cossacks suffer heavy casualties but they deflect the attention of the enemy gunners from the vulnerable infantry formations concentrated around the bridge.
The Russian artillery replied, keeping up a steady but ineffective counter battery fire at long range, it soon became clear this was pointless and they ceased fire to conserve ammunition.
The Russians reform in the centre and the threat of their overwhelming local concentration becomes apparent.