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Barge Across the Mersey (Part 3)

First of all an apology the realisation that we made an error in the artillery rules and then some family matters have delayed this battle report. It will be somewhat quicker and rougher than my standard efforts.

Battle recommenced with the general free state surge being checked as BUF battalions rallied and held a line paralle to the pontoon bridge. A Liverpool Regt Battalion attempted to cut off their exit but came off worse in a bitter melee. The BUF battalion in the trenches took on a Irish attack and managed to reple it putting Irish in disorder. Air cadets attemtped to reinforce the BUF but came under Kingsmen and Tank fire and routed. The old LFS tanks then routed from BUF fire as did Workers Army troops who charged the BUF line. A Liverpool Regt Battalion also started to slink off.

On the far side of the river the LFS Marines lackign to move to reach their transport charged the onciming cavlary and an equally distasterous melee followed. The surviving Marine stand then turend and enagegd the Royal Artillery transport which was within charge range but before it could charge the artillery itself (which had deployed at the end of the bridge to support the BUF over open sights) the Cavalry survivors caught up with them and dispatched them (and then routed off table.) The BUF anti tank forces crawled behind the Artillery and never really got into the fight and their conduct will no bout be subject to BUF Command scrutiny.

The LFS Artillery enaged the Royal Artillery surpressing and eventually destroying it (that was the rule error they shoudl have been spotted – given the high elervation and latter in day of the battle decided to brush over it (maybe weather was better) but was in error).  Off table artillery occassionally ranged in on the LFS from government forces supplementing the mortars which had landed behind the BUF line to support them.

The LFS rallied and pressed an attack on the BUF in the trenches vanquishing them.  Rallied Liverpool Regt battalionwith artillery support and the Irish started to weaken the BUF line and the old tanks then rallied and started to enter the fray. A Workers Army unit which had routed in the first half of the battle (part 2 of 3) even rallied and started to rejoin the attack.

The BUF Commander and the AT left the field deciding it was more important to save the assets and cotninue fighting. BUF troops and mortars boarded their barges and sailed off towards Manchester. LFS forces were too slow to catch them.

LFS TRIUMPHANT !

The defeat of this attack and the capture of the pontoon bridge the Governemnt used puts the LFS in control of the intiative. Helsby Hill and Frodsham Hill give a commanding view of Liverpool and have long be used as a Government artillery park for supporting the Widnes and south Wirral  front. With control of the bridge the LFS can attack Helsby hill and potentially capture the guns. This mission to be called Operation REDSTONE will be a few weeks away due to ALFIES sessions, some Full Thrust scenarios and most importantly the need to fully paint the involved forces.

Helsby Hill the objective of Operation Redstone

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