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The funny thing is: if you always play a parallel battle with infantry in the center and two cavalry wings, it just might not happen that infantry and cavalry come to grips with each other, or if the dices are unwilling the infantry will always halt the charging cav. But if the cavalry gets into close combat the chances are too good that the infantry will perish.
at least +3 for anything except cossacks
(likely to outnumber, cause inf counts only 50%, so maybe +1)
inf gets +1 for being inf
so at least +4 if you charged with hussars, +6 with cuirassiers. If the cavalry wins with 1 or more, the infantry will lose with a 1 per 1 ratio.
So knowing that cavalry that falters in the attack will not face great dangers from the next volley (because of the -1 for continuous shooting , and it can´t be the first fire nor is there a bonus for shooting charging cav), the supported attack on formed infantry seems to be a very good idea.