One of the reasons why Franconia suffered 50% casualties in its infantry was the determination that they would fight to the end and in fact that is very much how the battle ended. The Franconian army fought until it was not able to hold its positions, merely because so many of its units were so low in strength and morale that the slightest bad event near them would send one or two units racing to the rear.
The Franconians could have withdrawn at anytime up until towards the very end, but General Schellendorf was not going to let go.
The saga of the Franconian 10th brigade caused a few moments of laughter as it pushed back the Rechburg cavalry, one of its battalions eb\eb tried to pursue a Horse artillery battery as it fled, however as we saw the moments of Franconian martial joy were eclipsed by the over exhuberance of some of the Battalions.
There were so many charges and counter charges between battalions to the west of Belinda woods I could only touch on the whole generally and highlighted the contacts that had some sort of flow on effect. All infantry in this battle fought magnificently, the Rechburg Guard Jager suffered more casualties in this battle than it has done in the two previous engagments. The VBranconian Jagers held on in the orchard despite a gruelling fire from the Rechburg jagers and other units.
The Bergatonian Guard battalion seemed to live a charmed life as it hacked its way into the Rechburg attack, sadly the supporting Franconian battalions were already too weak to assist it, but despite losing 400 men and being repulsed, at the end it was still standing as a rear guard.
Special mention should also be paid to the Rechburg artillery, they were totally effective in this battle, unlike their performances in previous battles. They destroyed 1 battery and inflicted severe damage on another, they were also largely responsible for stoppong the Bergatonian guard as it counter charged the Rechburg advance.
What will happen following this battle will take some sorting out, first I will be doing some national morale checks as it is now the end of the campaign month, I am guessing Bergatonia is going to go very close to the Fiasco zone which could very well mean revolts against Duke Rupert and the Franconians.
One thing is certain despite the heavy losses suffered by rechburg in this campaign, its national morale will be soaring having won 3 major engagements as well as a host of positive diplomatic events in the last two months.
So much will depend on (a) will the people continue to support the Duke and the Franconians, and if so are the Franconians willing or even able to continue in the defense of Bergatonia, especially given that the Britannic army which is fresh and a totally veteran army will be present at the next battle.