The battle opened with a prolonged cannonade from the Spanish lines.
The battle began on both sides with a cannonade from several hundred guns.
Three hundred guns covered the assault, and Dresden was set on fire in places by the cannonade, while the French columns marched unceasingly over the bridges and through the Altstadt.
The affair was only a cannonade, but the French stood firm and the advance of the Allies was stayed.
The cannonade on the left flank will begin as soon as the guns of the right wing are heard.