Morillo has completed his deployment facing the Puebla Heights
d’Erlon is now under orders to engage the Spanish.
His artillery are deployed on the ridge and his infantry moving towards Morillo
Picton’s infantry have climbed Arinez hill, but his cavalry are now out of command range and within range of the guns on Puebla Heights
Alten’s infantry are about to climb the west slope of the hill in support of Picton
Gazan has withdrawn his shaken gunners behind his infantry, who are now formed in column of attack to meet Picton’s infantry
Graham has taken up position just east of the river facing Gamara
Reille’s reinforcements are starting to arrive at Gamara.Morillo has managed to form his infantry in a line facing Puebla Heights
D’Erlon orders his artillery to fire on the British cavalry, who are protecting the Spanish left flank. Both batteries fire, both miss.
Behind them Picton’s infantry have charged the French infantry on the hill, forcing them to rout.
Gazan’s entire command on Arinez hill are now in rout, but he still holds Arinez village.
Gazan has lost Arinez hill, and the village is in danger of being overrun.
Graham has deployed his infantry to face Gamara, and now awaits his fate
Reille extends his position at Gamara, and deploys his second battery to cover his left flank facing Areniz hill.
All of the French infantry and gunners on Arinez hill are broken and in rout.
In the village the second battery are also shaken, due to the rout
Gazan will have a short respite as Picton and Alten must disengage their infantry before they can continue the advance.
When a brigade loses its morale and routs, any supporting brigade (within 8”) must also test their morale. This only applies in the first round of rout, in subsequent rounds the rout avoids friendly troops, and they ignore it.
Most at risk are supporting troops behind a routed unit. When a brigade fails its morale and routs, it moves 6” directly away from the cause of the rout. If this move takes it into supports directly behind, they are disordered and find it difficult to make their morale. In these circumstances it is not unusual for one rout to have a “knock on” effect.