(I was surrpised that there actually was a brigade of Cuirassiers assigned to the Army of Italy in 1805).
One unit, having already reached the table edege, is removed from play. No additional Morale points are lost for this, however.
Karl scowl and tells Massena to take back one Morale point, meaning the Austrians had dropped to zero AMP prior to this fire!
Eagerly anticipating his own initiative, Karl turns the first of his 4 cards; ARTILLERY FIRE. He shakes his head, noting this would have been much more useful had he gone first, before the French eliminated three of his batteries!
Shooting DOWN 3 (2 UI lost, and disordered), the battery fails to make any impression upon the accursed French Grenadiers, even with the UP1 for both short range and a column as target.
The sole remianing Austrian battery, this one unscathed, shoots at the Chasseurs, to no discernible effect. So much for that card!
Karl heaves a deep sigh; INFANTRY FIRE./ Once again, would have been more useful before the destruction of several front line units.
The Hungarians inflict some losses on the Legere, but fail to drive them off.
Puff!, but no magic Dragons (or even Dragoons) here.
The accurate fire of the badly wounded Grenadiers manages to drive back the French column .
Another shaerply delivered volley causes heavy losses on the French, but they hold their ground.
Second verse, same as the first!
Karl is not pleased to turn another ARTILLERY FIRE card; a MOVE would be nice, so that he could bring up the reinforcements that entered the end of turn 1, not to mention more expected but yet to show up upon the Field of Battle…
The battery’s fire manages to push the Grenadiers back a bit in Disorder; not nearly decisive enough at this juncture, though!
The other Austrian battery pops off at the chassuers, who shrug off the fire again.
“Was für eine Scheiße ist das?”, explodes Karl! True, he doesn’t lose the initiative to the enemy, but Massena turns 4 cards and uses them to break his defensive position, whilst he turns 4 cards, only one of which is really at all useful. The day is not looking like one he is going to look forward to writing about to the Aulic Council!