Kutuzov has ordered 3rd corps to occupy Neustadt in order to isolate the French in Gera, their only foot hold on the east bank of the river Saale.
Aware of the danger, Napoleon has ordered his 3rd corps to cross the river and occupy Neustadt.
Table at start
Both corps approach the town at first light on 23 June 1813, and the Russian win the race for the town. The French attack before they can take full possession, and a desperate hand to hand fight takes place.
The fighting extends to the area around the town and the French cuirassiers rout the Guard Cossacks. However the Russian infantry hold their ground and as night falls the Russians still hold the town and the French retreat back across the river.