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The Liverpool Free State Campaign

This is just a bit of background on the wargames we’re (me & Jim) have played on Tuesday nights.

First of all here’s a modern Map of the Ormskirk area http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=ormskirk&rlz=1I7GGLL_en-GB&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Ormskirk,+Lancashire&gl=uk&ei=Q9wdTLTgB9SF4QbWgeGCDg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBkQ8gEwAA

We do have a 1924 Map were using for this campaign of Liverpool and the surrounding areas but I’m unsure of the legal ramifications of scanning that so the modern one will do.

We’ve taken the broad decision to fight some battles around this part of Merseyside*/South Lancashire. Namely because it forms a ‘border’ of the Liverpool Free State and secondly because if we set a campaign somewhere we new intimately disparities between the contents of our terrain box and reality would just be annoying.

What’s the basic set up as per Solway Miniatures sourcebooks Liverpool broke away in 1938 in protest of the Civil War resulting from King Edward VIII choosing an unelected Oswald Mosley as his Prime Minister.

In defending Liverpool the Free Staters are occupying a front line in Lancashire that corresponds of a line drawn between Formby and Ormskirk and then the route of the then non existent Rainford Bypass through St Helens & down the Watkinson Way to the Mersey.

In the North the Government is trying cut off Free State militias occuping Ormskirk. That’s the current focus of our campaign. Elsewhere on the Lancashire front there will be heavy street fighting in St Helens with more open flanking fights either side of it. Both those fights will be conducted by ‘Bully’ Boyces Army of Liverpool (see Order of Battle for the Northern Army.)

The Government forces of the Army of Chester led by Lord Farndon are fighting around Widnes way as well as against Coalition of Wirral Workers Councils (CWWC) forces on the Wirral and conducting cross River raids on Free State territory (such as the airport as Speke.)

*Ok Merseyside did not formally exist back then as a county but geographically the Free State does compose at least one side of the Mersey. And we’ve decided that urban Mersey facing side of the Wirral is allied to the Free State through the CWWC.

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