|That morning the Savoy army woke up early but found no
enemy to their
front. Later in the day, however, the French emerged.
Rejecting advice to delay an attack in order to prepare scaling
ladders, Belle Isle ordered an advance. Separating into
three columns, the French army of around 40,000 men moved on the enemy
position, since reinforced
(including a few Austrian troops) to a total of around 7,500 men in 13
On the map, the Savoy army entrenchments are in red. The French right column of 14 battalions under the command of Marshal Villemur swung wide to the right and around much of the enemy position to attack it on another section of the mountain. The effort failed. On the map this is the column on white troops on the bottom.
The French left column of 9 battalions under General Mailly was to move through a ravine and attack the enemy position.
The French center column of 8 battalions under Marshal d'Arnaud was to attack the salient to their front. At 4:30, the French attacked.
A site from which came the four French columns
B first column
C two columns of the center
E French battery
F entrenchment of the hill 'Assietta
G attack on grenadier guards. Belle Isle and d'Arnaud killed
I -K reduced defense volunteers
P Austrian Colloredo and Casale Piedmontese
Q entrenchment defended by the regiment of grenadier guards
R Hungarian battalion Forgatz
S Austrian Traun Battalion
T Swiss battalion Meyer
|The satellite view should help make the terrain more clear. Many of the entrenchments are visible.|