The cavalry of both sides have deployed south of Marienborn, and the rest of the corps are approaching on the road.
The French have an early advantage due to their good dice throw for CP in move one, and are much nearer the town than the Prussians.3rd Prussian Corps
Another low dice throw gives Bulow just 5CP.
He orders the cavalry brigade forward to pin the enemy cavalry
Behind the cavalry screen the corps an only move 8” towards the town.
XIII French Corps
Poniatowski is no more lucky with his dice and has just 4CP
However he is nearer to the town and must decide whether to use his CP to occupy the town with his leading brigade, or to start to deploy. He decides on the latter.
He moves his cavalry brigade within charge distance of the Prussian hussars.
Behind them the whole corps swings to the south.
Despite his cavalry screen he orders his leading brigade to form square
Poniatowski has opted for a cautious deployment.
Despite his cavalry screen he has still ordered his leading brigade into square. This will delay the deployment, but will protect his infantry should the Prussian cavalry attack and defeat his cavalry screen.
A bolder move would have been to make a dash for Marienborn and try to take at least the west section before the Prussians infantry arrived.