As the Swiss pressed forward Francis saw an opportunity to bring them to a halt by launching his Gendarmes onto their flank.
At the entrenchments the final heavy artillery was overcome and the Swiss crossed the ditch with minimal losses. Meanwhile the Landsknechts dispatched some Swiss arquebus that had ventured too close to their hedgehog of pikes. In the centre, the Swiss and Landsknecht pike squares came to grips with the Landsknechts getting the better of the early fighting.
On the other side of the field, Francis ordered a charge and his Gendarmes crashed into the exposed flank of a Swiss square, causing considerable alarm and casualties.
The melee was hard fought, but a loss of momentum eventually replused the flank attack. This is the way it must be. The French must hurl themselves at the Swiss at any cost. For the French this was a numbers game.
In the centre the Swiss and Landsknechts fought with murderous fury. The melee went back and forth but, gradually,the Swiss ggan get the upper hand. The other Landsknecht pike square was also suffereing. It was peppered with arquebus fire and, when the occasional gap allowes, artillery fire from beyond the ditch. At this rate it would be spent before they come to grips with the enemy.
At last, the target these Landsknechts have been waiting for crossed the ditch but alas, turn 3 enede suddenly as half way through there was a tied initiative roll! The Landsknechts must wait.
Turn four coming soon.....