The Allied columns close with the French
Meanwhile, over at the Farm Napoleon moved to counter the Allied advance against the buildings by ordering the 4th Swiss into the vegetable garden to support the remaining skirmishers there.
The Swiss roll forward
On the far left the French cavalry had by now reformed after their earlier success and were preparing to turn the Allied left flank.
The French light cavalry reform and advance again
In response The Duke ordered Ponsonby to counter them with the Union Brigade, this time the Allied troopers held their ground and won the first round of melee.
Ponsonby charges the French light cavalry with the Union Brigade
By now the Allied infantry columns had advanced to within musket range of the French and the decisive moment of the battle arrived as the 45th Ligne raised their muskets to fire.
The 45th Ligne prepare to fire
The volley rang out and immediately the Splendid Splenys turned tail and ran leaving their comrades the Russians shaken and alone to face the 45th. At the same moment in the centre the Nassauer’s also took to their heels, only Blucher and the Silesian Landwehr showed much fighting spirit but it was all too late.
The Allied advance falls apart
The Duke ordered a general withdrawal and had to beat a hasty retreat on Copenhagen to avoid being swept up in the rout.
France Two, England Nil, the war was not going well for the Allies...