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.|
|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.