General Bercollin was please to see the state of the barges when he arrived at the landing stage. “Good robust boats, just what is needed.”
The trial boarding by members of the 56ieme de ligne went uneventfully. Turning to Colonel Jolais he asked “are your men ready?”
“Yes General, they like the solid feel of the barges, I think there might have been a mutiny if we had tried again with rafts.”
“Excellent, then the plan is as agreed and your men will push off just before dawn. Our information is that the Pommaine forces will only consist of the river battery and the rest of their troops will be in Buckewasser, to far away to intervene."
“Now Colonel, when do you personally plan to cross?”
“With the second wave, all being well”
“Excellent, once established ashore, I want you to push on with all speed to Bruckewasser, as our intelligence is that the defences are not too strong and they might give up with a show of force. Twyth will accompany you”
Twyth inwardly groaned, he had joined the hussars as he hated boats and it was the only way to avoid going to sea, now he had to travel across a fast flowing river in a flat bottomed boat propelled by peasants.
The initial wave would be three barges each with an infantry company and a pair of barges each with two guns and half a company of voltigeurs.