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Government Raid on Halsall

Free State Forces have built an armed cache in the village of Halsall based around Cleggs Brewery (artistic licence here.) Halsall lies between Formby and Ormskirk and from this safe base LFS partisans can range in the rear of the Government offensives into the Downholland Cross-Aughton line and down the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Correspondingly the Government has detached forces to raid and destroy the base. They need to spend a turn with a figure in contact with each of the 3 buildings for one turn to achieve this goal. (All forces military rifle unless stated)

Other scenario special rules 5-6 for reinforcements.

GOVERNMENT FORCES

GENERALS

Brigadier Rupert Sourburts, 17th/21st Lancers Troop Bodyguard in captured 2 captured in Soviet Armoured cars w HMG. (Regular)

Regiment Leader Lickle-Heart (Regular) Rifle Infantry

Elements 7TH REGIMENT, ROYAL TANK CORPS

Reservists in old WWI tanks , Regular, 1 platoons (tanks)

Elements 5th BATTALION, 2ND M&D BRIGADE 2nd MANCHESTER DIVISION, BUF (Regular)

A COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 1 Infantry, 1 LMG, 1 Vickers, 1 Truck

B COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 1 Infantry, 1 LMG, 1 Vickers, 1 Truck

Elements Lancashire Constabulary WESTERN FIELD FORCE (Green)

1st Field Force 1 Cmd Shotgun, 3 Shotgun, 1 Rifle/Shotgun, 1 Truck

2nd Field Force 1 Cmd Shotgun, 3 Shotgun, 1 Rifle/Shotgun, 1 Truck

HOLT ESTATE LOCAL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS (Raw)

A COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 3 Infantry, Truck

B COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 3 Infantry, Truck

LIVERPOOL FREE STATE FORCES

GENERAL Connor O’NEIL, Liverpool IRA pistol armed

WORKERS DEFENCE CORPS (Guarding cache, Green)

A COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 1 Infantry, 1 LMG, 1 Vickers

B COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 1 Infantry, 1 LMG, 1 Vickers

Brewery Workers – static HMG on top brew house

VOLUNTEER ARTILLERY (Regular)

1st Battery – 1 Howitzer, Truck

2nd Battery – 1 18pdr, Truck

BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL’S ANGLICAN LEAGUE CATHEDRAL VOLUNTEERS (Raw)

5th COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 3 Infantry (sporting rifle) Bus

LIVERPOOL IRISH FORCE (Regular)

A COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 2 Infantry, LMG, Truck

B COMPANY 1 Cmd Infantry, 2 Infantry, LMG, Truck

JAMACIA STREET RIFLES (formerly Toxteth Rifles) (Green)

1 Cmd Infantry, 4 Infantry, Bus

BATTLE REPORT

The battle started poorly for the government Brigadier Rupert Sourburts failing to bring on any troops with him. Rebel reinforcements poured on – and things looked grim. Worse when some BUF turned up and then promptly retreated off the battlefield!

However things picked up with Lickle-Heart leading on a flanking force in the rear of the LFS reinforcements. His tanks, the police forces, and the other BUF company made short work of a 18 pounder and the whole battle changed.

LFS reinforcements had to find themselves turning to face the threat in the rear. General O’Neil had to run to get behind his troops. The Police showed a force of very different characters one under inferior leadership failing to advance while the other made commendable progress following hot behind the Tanks and assaulting the Worker Defence Force on the eastern hill at the end of the hedgerow.

Meanwhile despairing of reinforcements – Brigadier Sourbutts and his Lancer guards charged forward catching a battalion of Liverpool Irish trucked up and to insult to injury catching General O’Niel and dispatching him.

While the Flanking Forces armour, BUF and police slogged through the eastern hill some Holt reinforcement actually arrived and proceeded in marching column down the highway. They lost 50% to Liverpool Irish gunfire who had also taken command of the force from O’Niel (despite WDC friendly fire.) However this did not stop a surviving company raiding two of the Brewry Buildings.

As LFS forces reinforced by the Jamaica Street Rifles and Anglicans pulled back – Stourbridge dispatched the remaining rebel artillery but was destroyed by the afro-Caribbean militia.

In the closing stages the Government received off table artillery support but as they lost their tanks in the fierce fighting on the Eastern hill and BUF and Police morale began to crack they retreated under Liverpool Free Air Force attack and naval artillery fire.

CONCLUSION

The government raid has limited the supplies available for rear echelon partisans disrupting the Government advance. LFS morale will be boosted by the bloody nose they delivered and they’ll still be rear echelon raids. It’s a LFS victory.

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