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 Post subject: The death of a warrior- The battle for Sulby
PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:07 pm 
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Following the capture of Ballaugh the next Royalist objective is the small town of Sulby. With Sulby in their possession they will not only control the last remaining Nationalist road to the hill interior but will also be within striking distance of Ramsey. There are also reports of a large supply dump located near the town centre which if taken would deny vital material to the enemy. Their objective would be a tough one as both aerial and ground reconnaissance confirms heavily fortified field positions in and around the town so speed will be of the essence.
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The Royalist force consisted of an armoured battalion consisted of a heavy WW1 tank , the “Iron Warrior“ heavy tank and a number of tankettes, with support of a MBUF infantry battalion with lightly armoured transport which had assault company support as well as flamethrower. The Nationalists had a scratch defence garrison of barely trained militia regulars and vehicle support consisting of MG armed civilian vehicles. They did however have one medium tank, two light artillery guns, armed bunker and pillbox and other field defences to rely on.

Following a heavy artillery barrage on the Sulby outskirts the Royalist player deployed first with his entire armoured battalion, the infantry and remaining support being deployed in the next turn.
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The armour moved towards the defended road junction and within moments their advance was in chaos as the WW1 tank was knocked out by the first shot of the game courtesy of the bunkers armoured turret.
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The Royalists two medium guns opened up at the bunker and pillbox with no effect and the Nationalist artillery observer failed to spot any targets.

With the road now blocked the MBUF transport and remaining support appeared off road and their movement was heavily reduced. A Royalist traffic jam swiftly ensued and the Royalist player was unsure on how to proceed. Eventually the Iron Warrior and tankettes moved forward and came under fire from the fixed defences which resulted in the knocking out of a gun carrier and immobilisation of a tankette. Return fire reduces the pillbox’s HMG crew and damages the bunker.

The MBUF infantry stay put in their respective transport which remains near the Royalist starting table edge whilst the remaining Royalist armour inch forward and comes under fire from the Nationalist medium tank along with a supporting Tachanka.
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The Iron Warrior is immobilised thanks to the medium tank and two artillery rounds, and its bulk further reduces what movement options the Royalist player had.

The MBUF infantry are ordered to debus and rapidly move forwards and take what ever cover is available. A Nationalist cavalry squadron appears off table and gallop towards the pillbox junction and dismount near to some ruins.
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With some lucky dice rolling the pillbox HMG crew are all shot dead and the Tachanka is reduced to splinters. The medium tanks armour armour saves it from destruction to many times for the Nationalist players liking and the tank reverses out of the firing line to shelter behind the pillbox.
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One of the MBUF companies makes contact with the dismounted cavalrymen and a one sided fire fight ensues, aided by the HMG of a Royalist tankette, which cause the cavalrymen to break and flee from the junction. The remaining MBUF and assault companies continue the rapid advance and some are shielded by their light armoured transport, one of which is knocked out by the bunker turret.

Three of the MBUF companies and its HQ take the left flank away from the bunker whilst the fourth company and assault companies move towards the pillbox, fourth company coming under HMG fire from the bunker. The assault company then makes a bold move which brings it along side the Nationalist medium tank and uses it as cover! They watch as the cavalrymen pull themselves together, remount, and gallop back towards the town.

The medium tanks commander attempts a melee attack against the assault company but changes his mind as the approaching and immobilised Royalist armour open up against the tank and once again its battered armour protects it from destruction. Its return fire is ineffectual, as is the artillery observer’s radio set as time and again he fails to relay co-ordinates to the waiting artillery gun crews.

Time is running out for the Royalists but the Nationalist commander is not taking any chances and orders all three MG armed civilian vans and a Rolls Royce armoured car forward to face the approaching MBUF infantry and catch them in the open.
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The resulting MG fire keeps the infantry heads down but causes light casualties amongst them. The two remaining Royalists tankettes, who were supporting their infantry, are both immobilised and halts the Royalist advance in its tracks. The observer finally gets his radio set to work and artillery shells begin to land amongst the MBUF infantry.
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The last gasp of the Royalists was with the assault company wiping out the remaining cavalrymen in a blaze of SMG fire and the knocking out of the Rolls Royce but time finally ran out and the MBUF battalion and the surviving support retreated from the area. They were joined by the crews of the immobilised Royalist armour, amongst them the veteran crew of the Iron Warrior.
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The Nationalists had pulled off a stunning victory. Not only was Sulby and its supplies still in Nationalist control but valuable captured Royalist armour, including the Iron Warrior, would be repaired and used against the enemy.

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 Post subject: Re: The death of a warrior- The battle for Sulby
PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:19 pm 
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Looks like a good time was had by all and thanks for the AAR.

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 Post subject: Re: The death of a warrior- The battle for Sulby
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Great early morning reading. Beats the real news!


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 Post subject: Re: The death of a warrior- The battle for Sulby
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:49 pm 
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Quite a scrap, and quite a bounty for the Nationalists!

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 Post subject: Re: The death of a warrior- The battle for Sulby
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:34 am 
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Thanks chaps for all your comments. Glad you enjoyed the game report.

Yes it was initially looking grim for the Nationalists but after their victory their position isn't looking so bleak.

This could change though if the Socialists in my next game defeat the Albertines.


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