Our battle is was based on Poniatowki's attack on the Russian III Corps in and around the small village of Utitsa. Poniatowkis with his Corps of 24 Battalions and light cavalry attachments were tasked with attacking the southern flank of the Russian positions at Borodino. Opposing him was the Russian III Corps under the command of Lt-Gen Tuchkov. Tuchkov's troops consisted of the 1st Grenadier Division, including the Pavlov Grenadier Regiment and the 3rd Infantry Division. He also had a large number of cossacks protecting his left flank and the Moscow Opolchenie. I also added two divisions from the 1st Cavalry Corps as re-enforcements for the Poles and the 2nd Cuirassier Division as re-enforcements for the Russians. The Russians were also supported by guns from the Bagration Fleches.
18th Polish Division (12 Battalions)
Poniatowski's 5th Corps the village of Utitsa
The game focused on both sides contesting the village of Utitsa. The majority of the Polish Corps was pulled into this fight, with just the light cavalry brigades holding the right flank against small Russian advances. The Russians however were able to hold the village from repeated attacks with just one Division - the 1st Grenadier Division - with the Pavlov Grenadiers doing the majority of fighting.
3rd Infantry Division finds cover, in the dense brushwood, from Polish artillery fire.
Toutckov awaits the out come of his attack on Utitsa, behind the protection of two artillery batteries.
However by the third turn the Polish were able to call on the two heavy cavalry divisions from the 1st Cavalry Corps for re-enforcements and to hopefully bolster their attacks on the village. But these fine horsemen suffered badly, when attacking the Russian right flank, from the batteries on the Bagration Fleches. Then to seal their fate five fresh Russian Cuirassier Regiments, from the 2nd Cuirassier Division charged into battle and saved Toutckov's flank giving way. In the end the Poles ceded the village to the Russians and withdrew from the battlefield. Victory to the Russians.
Two Heavy Cavalry Divisions move in to support the attacks on the Russian right flank.
But suffer badly from the Russian batteries in the Bagration Fleches.
Then after getting in behind the Russian left flank they are hit hard by five fresh Russian Cuirassier Regiments from the 2nd Cuirassier Division.
Utitsa stays in the hands of the Russians.