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The Battle of Powick Bridge 1938 style

October 28, 2012 in VBCW

Harry Doyle smiled as he released the carrier pigeon into the evening sky,  reinforcements were on there way, after the recent set back at Park Royal the Leader of the Severn Riverside Wharf Labours Federation had received word that a flying column of Gloucester dockers were on route via upton.

Was the tide turning in favour of the forces of the left.?

The plan was a simple one seize the Bridge at Powick opening up access to the city from the West.




The main road bridge was well defended but the old Bridge of the1st civil war fame, was less so with only a single bunker  guarding the approach, the Socialists were also made aware by a local angler of a crossing at the weir and salmon tanks, which had been over looked by the Fascists, allowing the dockers to cross the Teme to flank the BUF positions.



Top Left the Old Powick Bridge and Power station, the Weir crossing can be seen to the right.





Dawn on the 7th under the cover of a low lying mist to protect them from the defenders of the road bridge the dockers advance on a board front pushing down the road to Powick Bridge and across ham hill towards the River Teme.



We used the Too Fat Lardies Mud & Blood Rules, with a couple of card tweaks to add to the 1938 flavour, The BUF defenders were forced to start within 10inches of the Power Station and Bridge, all BUF defenders started the game on blinds or hidden in the terrain.

The dockers must exit the bulk of their forces off the southern table edge.



Opening moves and the BUF push forward their armoured car to cover the bridge and the approaches to the the Bridge from the Malvern Road.


The dockers enter the table to armoured cars and several sections of infantry, the Socialist opt not to enter on blinds to give them the opportunity to  fire on to the bridge defenders.



A Fascist  blind rushes to the weir realizing that they have left their flank exposed, socialist blinks can be seen in the background sweeping down from Ham Hill.



The dockers reach the Vernon Arms (a wool shop in this encounter) and skirt around the rear to avoid the harassing fire from the BUF pill box, meanwhile a good turn of cards has pushed a second section into the enclosures to the right of the Pill box.


At the Weir the Socialist blinds cross the river, whilst a BUF Blind takes up a postion in the meadow covering the crossing.


The end of the turn and both players unmask, the BUF are significantly outnumbered armed only with rifles and close assault weapons, whilst the docks have several lewis guns in their armoury.



The BUF and local Police rush to support the weir defenders knowing that the power station and bridge will compromised if they cannot hold the right flank.


Despite the BUF card coming up first the rifle fire is insufficient to stop the advancing dockers, they move forward and close assault the BUF defenders, despite the fact they held the hedge row, the SMG and pistol armed dockers inflicted sufficient casualties to drive the BUF from the field leaving their Big Man mortally wounded in the mud.



Meanwhile at the bridge the Socialist made their play, bursting from the hedgerow they charged into the BUF defenders who were unable to bring sufficent firepower to bear, unable to retreat the shell shocked defenders surrendered to the forces of the left.



Playing an heroic leader card the fired up communists charged across the bridge hand grenades primed.



 The dockers inflicted sufficient hits on the vehicle to force the crew to bail and flee the table.



The BUF commander attempted to rally the fleeing section in front of the power station but was set upon by the advancing dockers a further fire fight ensued forcing to the BUF to head for the realative safety of the Powick power station.



The BUF on the run, their would be some dark nights in Worcester in the coming weeks unless the government forces to recapture the power station….


A great nights gaming with plenty to keep both sides busy……..

Played in under 3 hours although we could have played for longer if the militia had turned up for the far right.

The All Dayer – January 30th 2010

October 16, 2009 in VBCW

The date is set for the 30th January 2010 – 8.00am – 6.00pm.

The plan is for a Flames of War Tournament which proved very popular last year, together with a large skirmish game for the Non-Flames of War players.

I proposed to run the skirmish game based around the Very British Civil War 1938, a number of the group have figures for the WW1 and WW2 so it is a good fit, I envisage a game where people can bring and use their own figures, creating their background for local units.

I should have several more units completed, including the Blackshirts !!!!

The Battle of Upton – A short VBCW Campaign Battle

September 26, 2009 in VBCW

Harry Doyle had been holed up in the lock keepers cottage for more than a week, the BUF grip was tightening on the region. He needed to send a message to the people and workers of Worcester that the Government could be stopped. He sent a message to his local commanders they would strike a blow against the government and their Lapdogs the Auxiliary Police.

The Police station at Upton on Severn was chosen, close to Worcester to raise the spirits of the masses and close enough to his bases in Diglis to bring to bear the most workers. Concerns were raised about the Fascist Garrison at Norton but if the bridge at Upton could be held these troops could be held at bay long enough for the Station to be destroyed.

The Severn Riverside, Wharf, Labours, Federation (SRWLF) was ready to Strike.

The flying Column based at Norton had heard rumours of an attack on a local police station the problem was they did not know where.

The Police were nervous – Always the meat in the Sandwich, rumours had been rife about an attack in the local area they just hoped it would not be them. They had imposed martial law within the city and an extension of this being considered to the villages in the surrounding area.

Turn one saw the SRWLF opting for a mass attack on the village they knew the flying column was approaching but hoped to get in fast destroying the station before the militia column could deploy.

Skirting the river bank the largely untrained SRWLF were stopped in their tracks by heavy fire from the Bridge detail’s heavy Machine gun, the gunner despite being wounded in both the arm and leg killed several members of the advancing SRWLF and drove the rest from the field, a major set back for the Marxists.

Elsewhere the Marxists pushed towards to the station under harassing fire from the Police Officers within, the SRWLF limited number of LMGs were able to keep the Police suppressed long enough for them to reach the outer barrack building.

Time was running out for the SRWLF the militia unopposed had crossed the river and were debusing within the village, the first section secured the bridge and pushed through the village.

Whilst the second section drove hard for the Police station whose occupants were on the verge of fleeing their posts.

The SRWLF forced the police to break and flee the table, they pushed across the car park to force entry to the station only to find their path blocked by the advancing militia, a furious firefight erupted leaving several SRWLF men killed.

One member of the Wharf men headed inside the station and was able to start a small fire but with militia men swarming all over the station victory was short lived for the Marxists.

Harry would have to find another way of striking a blow for the workers of Worcester…

My thanks to Paul, Mark, Dane & Son a cracking game with more to follow.

Sunday 20th September

September 20, 2009 in Club Nights, Flames of War, VBCW

This weeks club saw 2 games of Flames of War, a game of Memoir 44 and another game in Stu’s British Civil War narrative which saw my Wargames Foundry Home Guard finally take the table. Whilst Stu prepares his game report here is a couple of shots from the night.

Over to you Stu.

1938 A Very British Civil War

August 26, 2009 in AAR, VBCW

Not our usual gaming night but with a lull of 3 weeks before the next club, we thought we would put on a mid-week game.We used Arc of Fire which really gave a good feel for the period, a small number of deaths but plenty of walking wounded.The morale rules really impacted on the ability of the lower quality troops to put in an effective assault or defence.

“Sub Commander Spear was furious they had gone and lost his tank, the war in Dorset had been going well and this was designed to be his trump card finally putting an end to resistance in the Dorchester region.He had hoped his quick actions when the fighting broke out would give him the edge. Taking several members of the B.U.F. Defence Force he had broken in to Bovington Camp and secured a number of antiquated WW1 Tanks held by the training Corps, many needed extensive repair work but the A7V was in good running order.The Tank supported by several BUF Sections broke through Royalist Check Points around the Military Camps and pressed on through Wool, with the intention of linking up with the BUF units within Poole, however the A7V had out paced the infantry and was left isolated, it was unsuited to the Dorset Countryside and had become stuck in one of the lanes after being pushed too hard by the makeshift crew.

With Royalist forces closing in it would have to be destroyed unless it could be rescued Spear could not risk it falling into Royalist hands. The countryside was crawling with Royalist forces and any substantial rescue forces were several miles away and an infantry assault through the narrow country lanes would be costly, the answer came in the shape of the newly formed Airship Assault Corp. ”


The A7V and it’s crew are in the top right hand corner with 2 sections of Airship ratings and 1 Section of Air Assault Troops advancing on table from the opposite end of the table.The Royalist Forces most deploy within 12″ of the cottages, they have 3 sections of Royalist Infantry, 1 heavy machine gun and a local militia unit.

Turn 1Royalist militia rush to block the advancing fascists as word of the landing reaches royalist command. Air assault troops sneak along the perimeter before clashing with the Royalist Infantry. Airbourne Ratings Avance to contact with the Royalist forces. Militia fill the hedge rows and put poor fire into the advancing fascists, inflicting several wounds on the ratings and killing an NCO, this forced them to ground, the supporting fire of the Royalist Heavy Machine Gune kept them suppressed for the entire eveing.
The Royalist Infantry having crossed the open ground facing the farm house burst from the hedge row and Close Assault the A7V. The crew panic and as grenades are forced through the firing slits they flee the vehicle heading for the tree line and the approching Air Assault Troops.
Turn Two.The Airbourne Ratings forcing their way through the fields in the centre of the table whilst the Assault troops move unhindered via the right hand fork. As the Air Assault Troops force their way down the right hand lane only they see the Royalist Infantry moping up the remaining tank crew and torching the tank.
With the tank destroyed and the majority of the crew killed of captured the fascists are forced to withdraw from the table
Total losses.
Royalist 2 killed and 7 wounded.
Fascists 2 Airbourne Ratings Killed 9 wounded.
Four Tank Crew Killed or captured
A failed rescure attempt by the fascists – Good job the Royalists did them a favour by destroying the vehicle.
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