The combined Russian-Boyar force pressed towards the Pultusk bridge and ford of the River Narew.
In defense Mieczyslaw battalions had been assembled with light guns to hold the bridge and ford region.
These battalions were set to cover the ford, as this area was the only one large enough to permit large troop formations to cross.
The artillery was set up to make crossing the bridge, a narrow space, impossible for infantry formations. One battalion was deployed into skirmish, while the other was in line, well back from artillery range at the river.
Boyar and Russian brigades arrived, Boyar troops were tasked to cross the bridge, while the Russian columns pressed into the ford gap in the marshy ground.
This column stayed on the bridge and pushed for charging again, again
they failed to proceed into the target. Now the skirmish line had begun
firing, the column had taken on 25% casualties at this point and they
were finally routed off of the bridge.
No further delay could be accepted by the Russian commander, watching that the Boyars were thrown off the bridge by the Mieczyslaw artillery, the time for the crossing was now.
The whole Russian-Boyar army now was fast approaching the 25% casualty rate. These ragged lines now began to lay down volleys of their own. Now the Mieczyslaw army was taking casualties, pushing them close to the 25% level. The Russians had one fresh column - this was to be the victory trump card. A gap was made in the Russian firing lines, they charged just as the two firing lines collapsed.
Just following the CHARGE! moment for Mieczyslaw ...
One more push at the Pultusk bridge is the order for the Boyar battalions. At nearly 50% casualties for the first battalion, the prospects for the second assault are not good...
Never-the-less the order is given, the forward line of infantry forms into column to advance on the bridge.
The other battalion was strung back out into skirmish order as the Russian artillery resumed firing.
This was too much for losses, the army failed the morale check after that rout from the bridge.
Pultusk bridge was held against odds of 2:1.
Game was played 6 May 2012; rules set used Warfare in the Age of Reason.