Will they, or won't they? General de Latte's guns fired yet again. . .
By 1:45pm that afternoon, fighting had broken out all along the line between the Army of Stollen, commanded by the defending General von Bauchschmerzen along the nothern ridge, and the Amy of Zichenau under General de Latte whose task was to secure a pathway into the resource rich, and long contested Mark of Schleiz. It was at this point that events became, shall we say, less than gentlemanly as the fighting intensified.
This time, they managed to hit the side of a barn, inflicting two casualties on the 1st Musketeers opposite.
General von Bauchschmerzen's own guns fired into the seething mass of enemy infantry before them. . .
Three casualties resulted.
On General von Bauchschmern's lefft flank at the western end of the battlefield, volleys of musketry were exchanged, resulting in a number of losses for both sides.
About half of de Latte's Irish Grenzers and Warshawski Croats nearby in Hasenpfefferwald took a few potshots at the enemy from extreme range. . .
And managed to bring down an unfortunate drummer on the left flank of the 1st Musketeers.
In the meantime, von Bauchschmerzen's fresh, second squadron of Reiters mixed it up with one of de Latte's cuirassiers on the western edge of the battlefield, each side losing about a third of its effective strength in the process.
Finally, back in the center, events came to a head as General de Latte's remaining Ermland Garde closed with General de Latte's Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadiers atop the ridge before the village of Doltz. Many men on either side were lost in the volleys of musketry and vigorous hand-to-hand combat that ensued.