Donzelot's division of d'Erlon's I Corps were at the eastern end of the attack (around La Haie Sainte). Having previously cleared the gravel pit (top right of photo below), the division drove on once again to assault the defenders atop the Mont-Saint-Ridge.
The 2/17e ligne attacked and defeated Roger’s battery Royal Artillery, but the first battalion of the same regiment and the 1/13e légère were stopped in their tracks by a well-delivered volley from the 3/1st (Royal) Foot, who counter-charged, breaking the already-weakened French battalions.
Harassed by skirmishers, Piré's 6e lanciers (wearing yellow to suit the occasion) broke.
Back towards the Anglo-Allied left, the 1/21e ligne, lead unit of Marcognet's divison, also finally broke when fired upon by skirmishers; none other than the 95th!
A look around the Anglo-Allied defensive line at this juncture (~14:00)
Meanwhile the KGL hussars fought like devils, initially resisting the 2e carabinier. They were eventually bested by their heavier armed foes.
In the centre, a third attack on La Haie Sainte went the way of the other two.
Another French attack by the men of Donzelot's division on the 1st Foot was not stopped by the latter's volley, but the British infantry prevailed, ably supported by the Life Guards...
who followed-up onto the French supports, breaking them in turn. With all but one battalion broken, Donzelot's division was well and truly a spent force!
Quiot's men had the only French success for the turn, over-running Cleeve’s battery KGL foot artillery.
We'll begin on the Anglo-Allied right, where the 7th hussars charged the 2e carabiniers, hoping to take advantage of the latter's blown state.
The 3/2e légère of Bachelu's command were driven off by the Grenadier Guards.
The French attack seems to be balance on a knife edge and perhaps about to falter?
Over on the Anglo-Allied left, Marcognet's men attacked their foes on the ridge only to be driven back at all points (including by Hanoverian landwehr--mind you casualties, stagger, position and support were all in favour of the defenders)
Here we see the divison retreating back over 'La Belle Alliance ridge', past Durutte's division (Papelotte just visible in the top right of the photo), having failed divisional morale at 1/2 losses.
Left isolated by the retreat of Marcognet's infantry, Delort's cuirassier division was roughly handled by the British artillery (Mark H. reports on his skill with the 6s and 5s on in the entertaining report on his blog).
Their blood up, the 5e cuirassiers charged one of the 'offending' batteries, only to go down in a heap of plasticised metal and horse flesh!
The 10e cuirassiers had better success against the centre battery and rallied back to relative safety behind some of their colleagues in the division.
A look over the battlefield from the 'eastern' end, La Haie Sainte roughly in the centre in the distance. The advancing French grand battery can be seen east of that farmhouse.
The horse guns in the French grand battery edge closer to the defenders on the Mont-Saint-Jean ridge.
Over on the Anglo-Allied right, where the battle will be won and lost(?), the struggle intensifies, with Lobau's divisions reinforcing Bachelu's and Quiot's between Hougoumont and La Haie Sainte while Jerome infantry and d'Hurbal's heavy cavalry lead the French 'left hook'. Observant readers may note the absence of the Scots Guards behind Hougoumont in the photo below. Attacked by cuirassiers to the front and infantry to the rear, they broke... ignominy!
Hussey's 6th Brigade of hussars moved up to support the hard-pressed infantry, Grant's cavalry having retreated with 1/2 losses.
Situation at 16:00
We'll take my customary 'fly' around the table, starting at the south-west, moving roughly 'east', then 'north' and back 'west' along the Mont-Saint-Jean ridge.
Lastly, some closer photos of the massed attack around Houghoumont,
Another five marvellous turns. The game is hotting up and we'll definitely reach a conclusion, although may not need the remaining ten available turns (16:00–20:30) to achieve it.
(Read on with part three of this game, posted elsewhere on this blog)