The fighting intensified along the southern front. Hesse-Homburg launched the massed Grenadiers of the Austrian reserve at Cracowitz, Klenau stormed into Lauriston’s Corps and Victor, Bertrand and Sebastiani engaged the Russian Grenadier division as well as Wittgenstein and Kleist.


The Russian infantry preceding the attack on Cracowitz by the Austrian Grenadier divisions.

Casualties mounted and a see-saw effect was seen in the allied line, the western side of the Army of Bohemia was moving North, while the centre remained static and the eastern part of the line started to get pushed back on Lieberwolkwitz!

Cavalry from Klenau's Corps

Cavalry from Klenau's Corps, attacking Lauriston's position.

The Russian division in the foreground

Overall view of the battle as Hesse-Homburg arrives to support the attack on Cracowitz in the middle foreground.

In the North MacDonald arrived and marched straight into Leipzig to be deployed when and where he was needed, followed shortly by Delmas’s division. All these troops allowed the strengthening of the force attacking to the south east toward Lieberwolkwitz and those fighting around Mockern. The Army of Silesia was pushed back on it’s supply line and the arrival of Langeron and shortly after Sacken were checked by the French. Pajol’s cavalry managing to pin large amounts of the Russian infantry until Latour-Maubourg arrived with the Saxon heavy cavalry.

Yorck deploys for action.

Yorck's Prussians deploy to take on Marmont.

Souham's Lights engage the Uhlans of the Army of Silesia.

A regiment of Pajol's Dragoons.

The Prussian advance on Mockern.

Prussian Dragoons engage Marmont's cavalry.

Marmont and his Corps deploy around Mockern.

A horse battery deploys for action.

Toward the end of the first day the first Young Guard division was launched at Wittgenstein and Kleist in support of Victor. These started to make head way but fading light began to make the engagement difficult! The Austrian Grenadiers fought a close combat action continuously for several hours with the Poles in and around Cracowitz, by the time it got dark the Poles had fallen back and the Austrians occupied the village. Both sides had lost a lot of men and were glad of the imminent re-locating of forces once the first day was over.

The Hussars of Gyulai's Corps

Austrian Hussars from Gyulai's Austrian corps approach the causeway.

Gyulai occupied Landau and the causeway to the extreme west of the city while Meerveldt occupied the gap between the Rivers Pleisse and Elster.


Gyulai's Austrian corps approach the causeway.