The Russian’s on the Western flank had rallied and buoyed by their General’s pushed forward again into the Suburbs of Dresden. The Young Guard were holding fast, volley’s crashed into the green masses, still, on they came! The French line were the first to give, Voltigeurs of the Young Guard poured scorn on their fleeing comrades.
The Guard Cavalry charged! The Russian Guard Cavalry counter charged! The whirling melee saw the Russian’s come out on top! The Russian Guard got to the Young Guard defences and the grisly work of the bayonet began. Inch by inch the Young Guard stepped back! Every inch became a step, each step turning into a run and they broke!! The casualties had mounted, over half the Russian Guard lay in the huts and garden’s of Dresden and at least half of Rouget’s Division. Grand Duke Constantine rose up in his stirrup’s and shouted his Hurrah’s!!! Which was taken up by every throat to the west of the river until the sound was like rolling thunder!
In the Southern sector the Young Guard in the Gross Garten had held until the final hour! The Prussians had pushed into the gardes from the east and the Austrians were now pouring in from the south. The batteries of Victor and St.Cyr still offered a huge killing field for the Austrian’s as they attempted to reach the city, but the writing was on the wall and they knew it!
The Gross Garten Final!
The Prussians in the eastern suburbs.
To the east of Dresden the Old Guard were exchanging volleys with the lead elements of the Prussian’s under Kleist! The Prussian artillery had pounded the Grenadiers and their supporting artillery until the guns had to retire. The Grenadiers died were they stood! The Chasseurs of the Old Guard tried to counter attack but two of their battalions were overwhemed all died to a man. Obviously this was were the analogy would have been coined “The Guard does not retreat, it dies where it stands!”
Napoleon issued the retreat orders and Dresden was lost!
Tomorrow, new Russians!