On the left Cole continues to move to his left
On the right Alten moves towards St Boes
Once again the artillery fails to inflict any casualties
French cavalry and occupation of St Boes make any advance impossible
Picton is pinned by St Boes in front and the hill behind
Only one infantry brigade and his artillery are in place to meet the French attack
Stewart’s whole corps has broken in rout
Only one infantry brigade remains to cover the retreat, and they are shaken
Although out numbered two to one, Reille continues to hold his position
His cavalry hold his right, and St Boes his left
He has broken the enemy cavalry, making any allied advance very risky
Clausel on the left and d’Erlon on the right advance
Stewart’s corps in front of Clausel have broken and routed
Picton’s corps in front of d’Erlon are unable to deploy
This has been a most unusual complete disaster for Wellington. And all the more unusual because he outnumbered the French four to three.
The result was partly due to consistent poor dice for the allied army.
Credit must go to Davout for deploying his reserve against the weak allied right flank.
Wellington had to take St Boes, and failed to do so. Worse Davout defeated his two leading corps, Cole and Stewart, and they were unable to take sufficient ground for the tow reserve corps, Alten and Picton, to deploy
The complete collapse of his right flank caused Wellington to order an immediate withdrawal.
Casualties were very light:
British casualties 2 infantry, 7 cavalry, 4 gunners
French casualties 2 infantry
Result – a convincing French victory
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