Following our narrative minicampaign we gamed this battle where the french must dislodge a bunch of russians behind a river that form the rearguard of the 1st army.
The game was played with lasalle, I picked a russian grenadier division with light cavalry support and my opponent french infantry with a polish brigade.
The french begin by damaging some grendiers with long range fire
The hussars are hit by cannonballs too
The russian heavy guns turn to aim at the french massed center
The attacker's objective (a religious icon) is placed behind the village of Polodla
The french sidestep to dodge the guns
While the russian medium guns bombard Valutino Gora and a fench column caught in the crossfire
The french cross the river and are out of the gun's field of fire, but in bad shape
The garrison of Valutino is routed by the position battery
The hussars charge the french who smartly form into square
Miraculously the hussars break the square and rout the imperials!
The icon sure helped there
Another french column is routed by the guns
With half the french batallions destroyed, the russians now pass into the offensive
While the damaged hussars retreat after having done their part
The heavy cannon now aim to Kuhorchino, the plan is to soften the garrison with grape and then charge with the fresh grenadiers
But then the french fail their morale test and rout
Overview at the end of the battle. With two campaign points now the russians have an extra unit for the last battle (Berezina)