French extreme left: A three unit cavalry division with artillery support.
French left: A six unit infantry division with two batteries of guns.
French centre left. Four units of infantry, two in the large village, supported by two gun batteries. They are backed by a single unit of dragoons detached from the cavalry division.
French centre right: A five unit infantry division with a battery of guns. This command has a large Legere contingent.
French right: A five unit infantry division supported by two batteries. They are holding the French end of the table wide ridge.
The British right: A five unit infantry division (7th) and a battery of guns occupy one of the small villages. This is a very colourful division, called the Mongrels because of the variety of coat colours.
Just behind them and to their left is a two unit cavalry brigade. None of the British cavalry in this battle have seen the table before (hence the mix).
To the left of first division, occupying the central small village and some woodland are the six units and battery representing the elite troops of the Light Division.
Behind the Light Division a 'standard division' of five Anglo Portuguese infantry units plus a battery deployed in column of companies and ready to move as a mobile reserve.
The British left: A 'standard division' and a cavalry brigade.
I took the French left. My orders, to attack Graham's 7th Division.
My French began their march towards the river, veering obliquely to bring pressure on the British right.
Mark's attack develops nicely, his cavalry soon forcing the French right into square.
But Mark's attack is blunted with heavy loss, especially to the Portuguese which are blasted to pieces by French canister.
Seeing the French veer off to the flank, weakening their centre, First Division attacks across the river. It too suffers greatly from the attention of the massed French guns.
A view of my attack from behind Graham's line.
Likewise, a view of First Division's attack towards the large village.
The Reserve division (left) is moving to support Mark's initial attack.