Now that the Russian Guard had been mobilised it was time to press the attack along the whole front. VIII Corps was ordered to support I and III corps and break through the Russian Centre.
The counter attacks were taking place from the Russian lines.
The French reserve cavalry corps charged the Russian lines, into and over the Fleches, but at what cost?
The drums beat and the reserves began to press forward, the Russian reserves got to the defensive lines with some difficulty. The press of fugitives began to tell, the Russian Guard was manoeuvring to the Centre, where the greatest threat lay. VIII Corps and I Corps were pressing the attack supported by the Guard foot artillery and Napoleon himself was there to oversee the action.
The Russians, in square to hold back the Cavalry onslaught awaited the arrival of the massed infantry brigades with a bitter resolve, there was still a lot to fight for here!
VIII Corps added to the pressure from I and III Corps, this must break the Russian line or the Guard would be needed.
The climax of this tempestuous battle, tomorrow!