part 1, the Frenchies are advancing in some strength. The Old Guard (above) looked particularly impressive, but as we shall see later, their time will come.
The French gunners were constantly busy.
The ford soon became the hotly contested focal point of the battle.
Even Sharpe's lads had turned up!
The thin red line faces French skirmishers.
As the French surged across the river desperate measures were required...
This multi-national gun crew was led by 'La Passionara'
Soon everyone was keen to get in on the action!
The French forming the first of several squares.