Friday, 11 September 2015

Other Partizan, Newark 2015 and the Battle of Frisby on the Wreake

Last Sunday, 6th September, was the last Partizan at Kelham Hall and it was a jolly good day. As usual the Very British Civil Forum or as Trick and Laurence like to call us, A Very British Parlour Forum, put on a normal Very British Civil War game and this one was the battle for Frisby on the Wreake.

The Royalist and British Union of Fascists forces started in the village of Frisby defending it from the Socialist and Anglican League hordes from Leicester who were on a mission to collect supplies for the coming winter months and hopefully capturing the village so they can control the Ashfordby Valley and the Ashfordby mine.

The battle started with a heavy downpour that meant it was impossible to see the opposition for a couple of turns so everyone started running about to get into favourable positions and when the rain finally stopped the shooting started.

The Royalists left flank advances with the local cricket team and the WI leading the way

The Anglican League advances across open fields

The Socialist Forces of Leicester on general advance to the village

The Humberstone Militia advancing on the Socialist's left flank

The first shots feel upon the Snibston Miners Militia who where cut down to a man by the Royalist forces positioned by the cricket club and river. But the Humberstone Militia had man handled its 18pdr up to the top of a hill, set up and started to rain, poorly aimed shells on the Royalist lines.

Anglican Leaguers and Socialists carry on advancing toward the Royalists

Royalists Vickers MG sets up at the top of the church tower, with a Boys A/T rifle below them 

Royalists Right Flank

Royalists left flank with cricketers and WI racing to set up positions before the Socialist horde comes 

Frisby on the Wreake, C1938

Both sides continued to advance to get into position but the weight of fire from the Socialist left flank rained heavily on the royalists right causing two of the Royalists sections to become casualties of war, leaving the right seriously weaken. But it the nick of time more Royalists reinforcements from Melton Mowbray entered into the fight.

The Duck Pond and Water Works with Morris Men dancing in No Mans Land

The Royalist left flank advancing to tackle the red menace

What's this and the Anglican League didnt notice

The Anglican League rushing toward the Royalists

The left flank Royalists Militia Head Quarters leading the way(ish)

The WI's jam jar launcher under the command of Mrs T readying to fire. 

The battle raged and was hard pressed as the Royalist left came under a strong assault from both the Anglican League and the Socialists centre as each side fought its other to a stand still. Meanwhile on the Royalist right the pressure was starting to take its toll on the beleaguered Royalists there as the Socialist left carried on pressing its attack.

The WI defence Militia readying themselves for the red tide

The Weasels standing steady  

The Anglican and Red tide rushing forward

The Royalists right under pressure

More Anglican and Socialists piling forward

The Humberstone Militia and the Socialist left pressing forward

The Socialist centre crushing all before it

The Midland Red, "The Big Red Bus" transport

As the Royalist left and the Anglicans and Socialist hit each other hard, neither side giving an inch and both leaving the safety of there cover to engage in hand to hand. Bullets whizzed about and grenades exploded but only a few people on each side where hurt such was the poor shooting on both sides.

The Anglicans taking position in the hedges

The Red tide washing it way towards the village

Royalists air-plane observing the situation and realising soon will be lost

The Royalist left taking position around Norman & Cooks warehouse

The village of Frisby

Royalists tankettes taking positions to hold the bridge while cricketer bombers plan to mine the bridge

Royalist Tankettes with the Right flank command in the rear.
But soon all was over, the Humberstone Militia's 18pdr found it mark, after failing to hit anything it took the top of the church tower killing both the Vickers stationed there and the Boys A/T rifle team. But also caused a bit of a discord with the Anglican League as they shelled a C of E church and destroyed its tower, something under the alliance that the socialists can not do. The Socialists argued that it wasn't there fault as the Royalists had placed a Vickers at the top of the tower and it was there fault for doing that. The debate continues and the alliance is on shaky grounds. Meanwhile the Royalist right collapsed leaving the Socialists to sweep into the village from that side force the Royalist left to retreat and give up the village to the City of Leicester Socialist forces.

The Royalists left command advancing behind the WI flag

The Weasels give up the defence of the wall and race towards the Anglicans

The Anglicans race towards the Weasels

Further Anglicans advancing to support there battle brothers.

The Socialist centre advancing across the field and supporting the attack

Photography from the Leicester Mercury showing the combined might of the Leicester Alliance 

The Chruch, St Thomas of Canterbury on fire after the Socialists destroyed the tower.

The tower burning well and no fire bridge to put it out.

All in all it was a good day and I learnt some important lessons about set up positions and flow of the game. Hopefully next time I will make it better.

Great show and Thanks to Tricks and Laurence and all at Newark Irregulars to making it a great show.

Have a nice day.



  1. Good looking and sounding game Pete.

  2. The C of E boys should realise that the BUF/Royalist use of the tower made it a legitimate military target and not be so precious about it!

    Great report, PK, thanks for sharing what must have been a grand day out!

  3. Great looking game! Sounds like it was a lot of fun.

  4. That looks spectacular PK! Great work!

  5. Lovely looking game and nice AAR.

  6. Most impressive terrain, pictures and minis, thanks for sharing! Love the The Big Red Bus...

  7. I'm always impressed at the level of detail and fun that goes into these games. Great to see the WI and their jam flinger in action and what on earth are those witches up to?

  8. "How did the Royalists know their reinforcements had come from Melton Mowbray?"
    "Well, they were all wearing pork pie hats..." *grin*

    Nice pics and write-up Pete :)

  9. It looks Fabulous! Great stuff already wanting more. (I will read it all again in the week)

  10. A splendid looking game and great AAR, PK! Knocking the top off the church tower was a bit of a rotten stroke, but needs must.


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