The Swedes under Rehnskjold had not been idle. Reinforcements had been gathered from each garrison and force-marched to join the main army. Rehnskjold's force now consisted of 9 battalions of infantry in two brigades (Horn and Sparre) and two brigades of horse, (Krassow and Hummerhjelm). Although outnumbered the Swedes were the more experienced force and keen to avenge the check that they had received at Ogilvy's hand. Reaching the Russian position, Rehnskjold deployed his force with Krassow's horse on the right wing, then Horn's infantry, Sparre's infantry and finally Hummerhjelm's horse. His plan was to make a general advance, probing for a weak spot then use his horse to break the enemy line.
Above is an overview of the table before the action started.
|Repnin's brigade of infantry|
|The Swedish foot prepare to advance|
|Krassow's horse drive off the Russian dragoons|
On the Russian right, Menshikov's dragoons had regained the initiative. Recovering from their initial combat with their Swedish opponents, they advanced against the Taube and Skansa regiments. Once again the Semyonovsky regiment provided supporting fire and this helped the Sibersk Dragoons overcome the Skansa regiment and drive from the field. An indecisive melee between the Taube and Czarinski regiments resulted in both withdrawing disordered. A Russian advance against the Swedish left wing seemed a realistic prospect. Ogilvy decided that he should commit his Horse Grenadiers to help Densov drive off Krassow's horse and thereby relieve the pressure on his left. His confidence had been boosted when the 1st battalion of the Smolensk regiment had delivered a deadly volley to drive back the Swedish Grenadier battalion in disorder, just as it prepared to charge.
|The infantry prepare to charge|
|Artillery support can prove decisive|
On the Russian left, Ogilvy's Horse Grenadiers had, by their presence, caused Krassow to pull back his leading regiments. Sensing the opportunity for an attack, the Horse Grenadiers moved forward, but in doing so exposed their flank to Ducker's regiment of horse. They charged forward anticipating an easy victory. However, against the odds, the Russians held their ground and drove off their opponents. With Denisov's dragoon regiments still attempting to recover from their earlier drubbing, Schlepin ordered 1st battalion Tula to advance and drive off the Swedish horse with musketry volleys. Meanwhile Schlepin's remaining battalions were beginning to waver under the unrelenting pressure from the Swedish foot. Rostov's brigade were ordered forward to support them, but all these battalions were untried new recruits.
|The Horse Grenadiers charged in flank|
|Sparre's infantry press on|
|Hielm strike home|
This was a nicely balanced game. When we broke off for lunch, it seemed as if the Russians, having weathered the initial Swedish attack, had the advantage. However when we resumed and the Russian lines became more disordered, the command structure began to break down and the Swedes regained the initiative.
The wider frontage (fighting across the table, rather than along its length) meant that artillery did not become too powerful. Unfortunately this also meant that there was not the same depth available for retreats etc.