As part of the French 14th Division, my Brigade made it to the Dyle river ahead of all the rest of the Corps. I was quickly ordered to secure a crossing near Bierges, which is defended by a Prussian Brigade.
I ordered the three Battalions of the 9th Light Infantry Regiment to rush the enemy from the crossing. My decision for doing this is that I want to minimize the exposure to a Prussian artillery battery which is still trying to figure out if its going to target my infantry men or the French artillery on my right flank.
|Prussian deployment across the Dyle River.|
|A mad dash of men, which I ordered to move forward without any formation decor. It was chaos, but it was beautiful. A Prussian Battalion occupying the far bridge just gave way.|
|A second Prussian Battalion on the far side of the Dyle was not so convinced to give up without a fight and my troops, just across the river resorted to cold steel.|
The melee lasted a few minutes and my troops actually routed the enemy, but their morale and uneasiness grew as they watched Prussian reinforcements move in a counter attack.
|I just moved across the river to heighten the morale, placing myself in the objective (gold icon) and I watched in horror as my men retreated back across the Dyle river. The Prussians have spooked them to oblivion.|
|The Prussians didn't spare time re-securing the crossing. My couriers carrying orders to my troops were downed one by one (their corpses and mounts in the foreground of this screenshot) by enemy fire.|