As the opening phase of the main battle field draws to a close another meeting engagement sparks into life on a smaller table. Two French cavalry divisions (see bottom of the photograph) supported by integral horse artillery face off the powerful Allied vanguard. The river is fordable but the French cavalry are intent on denying the Allied artillery use of the bridge. This is very much a French delaying action (see below):
The French cavalry are soon to be joined by a mixed force French infantry, cavalry and artillery on a road leading off from the right hand side of the above photograph (see below):
Blucher is rumoured to be close to hand, but no sign of the inspirational German as of yet! Will the Allies have the bottle to force a crossing or will they stall deploying and waiting for sufficent reinforcements?