The Defenders set up in the middle of the table and awaited the Free Stater onslaught (for Orbat and forces see part 1 post.)
This deployment might have been what turned the battle – as deploying in a thin line the attackers were vulnerable to Government reinforcements coming on from the south (right table edge.)
The rebel attack was supported by a steady stream of reinforcements including naval gunnery, the Naval Brigade battalion in barges and the armoured train. The armoured train came under HMG attack and backed off for much of the battle. Naval gunnery was ineffective. BUF deployment meant the Naval brigade hung back firing their mortars but did not advance up the coast before of BUF HMG units covering the approach.
Tanks and AT guns held up and reversed a Wild Geese attack
Though the Irish regulars did manage to take down the Matilda platoon with LMG fire!
Teh Scots hung back hoping their naval support would carry the day. When they did advance the Government cavalry had arrived. Charged and broke the IRA and then defeated the Rebel armoured train.
The remaining Naval and liverpool Scottish forces were forced to retreat or be pinned against the coast and crushed.
West Kirby remains cut off from Free Wirral – perhaps, like Ormskirk before it, it’s fall is just a matter of time? The holding of Moreton means an advance into Wallasey is an option for the Government.
On the rules front these worked better but there is still further tweaking to be done.