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C M DODSON14 Nov 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

Die Schlacht von Ligny 16th Juni 1815

Timeline 9.30PM to close.

The Prussian cavalry attack by Generallieutnant Frederich Ehard von Roeder's 1st Korps reserve cavalry has been repulsed.

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Feldmarschall Gebhard Lebrecht, Furst von Wahlstadt has paid the price of leading from the front and has been swept away by his retiring countryman despite his valiant attempts to rally them.

The French Guard Heavy cavalry Division, Lieutenant-general Claude-Etienne, Comte Guyot pursue their foe towards Mont Potriaux mercilessly.

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The Grenadiers and Chasseurs a Pied of the Imperial Guard emerge from the Bois du Loop destroying all organised opposition before them.

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The Prussian rearguard attempts to delay the French advance as the retreat through Mont Potriaux continues.

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With the Prussian withdrawal of 111 Korps, Generallieutenant Johan Adolf, Freiherr von Thielmann the French 9th Cavalry Division, Lieutenant-general Remi-Isidore, Comte Exelmans siezes the opportunity to seize the Ligny bridge east of Mont Potriaux in an attempt to cut off the Prussian retreat.

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However, darkness has arrived and the respective forces begin to disengage through exhaustion and confusion.

His Majesty, wearily returns to Fleurus. He must now assess the days events and consider the next move.

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Feldmarschall Blucher, reunited with his formidable Chief of Staff Generallieutenant August, Graf Neidhardt von Gneisenau ,issues orders for the army to march towards Wavre in order to effect a union with the unbloodied 1V Korps, General Count Frederich Wilhelm Bulow von Dennewitz.

Darkness cloaks the carnage but the pitiful wails of the wounded and dying continue from the fields of the dead.

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The war goes on….

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