Day five of the 1814 Campaign redux really was full of action, while Schwarzenberg, Ney and the little emperor where busy to the south a stoush was developing to the north at Saint Etienne au Temple and Marmont had his hands full with Blucher on the approaches to Vitry le Francois, it is the Vitry fight that will be the focus of this report.
weather day 5 @ Vity le Francois; clear and frozen ground.
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Blucher, after securing St Dizier, pushed on towards Vitry le Francois all the while his advance guard of cavalry pushing back Marmonts cavalry screen. Just short of Vitry the French stood and two cavalry forces came to blows trying to secure the small village of Marolles (thanks google maps and Mes. Cassini) on the outskirts of the larger town.
The pressure was on the allies as Marmont had dispatched a corp of reinforcements from Vitry le Francois to help take the village and hold it before the main body of the Prussian army arrived. It was a sharp affair with charge and counter charging being the order of the day.
The allies had their chances to put the French to the sword but the dice of war were not on the side of the bigger squadrons, yours truly being responsible for mucking up a number of clear victory opportunities with single digit rolls, bugger!
The French cavalry screen was eventually beaten back with both sides racking up casualties, but alas, it was too late, the French reinforcements had secured Marolles.
I deemed it best to withdraw my remaining forces to regroup and take stock. Blucher by this time was just off table with the Army and a table top scroll was considered in order to continue with the next phase of the action.
It is now that we need to consult Blucher himself in regards to the next phase of the battle (part 2) as I was AWOL for two weeks enjoying a little holiday.