I was delighetd to find this piece about the 1911 Railway strike:
The new edition of FLW situates the original Little Wars in the context of 1913, and the background of strikes, the Home Rule crisis and the shadow of the Great War.
The uniforms of the British army in this period are fascinating - a fusion of service dress and ceremonial headdress. I have done some research at Kew to see if any specific orders were issued, and to date have not uncovered any information in the 'Aid to Civil Powers' papers.
I found this splendid photo of a Fusilier battalion on duty;
The Spring has arrived, and Garden Kriegspiel is nearing completion. This will be the updated version of Little Campaigns, and will bring HG's Kriegspiel annotations to life. It is time for more photographs in the garden.
As this is a Wellsian Kriegspiel (using HG's spelling, lest the purists and linguists complain) it will feature Army Black as the main illustrations. But there will be a return to the Army Red of 1900 - 1913 - on campaign on the Veldt.
Elastolin Castles will feature, and the book will open with a night at the Opera - Wagner. of course ...
The rule paly test has involved one Battalion with supporting arms, facing a Company across 'no mans land.'
We have played a numebr of trench games outdoors - usually based on Brigade ++ attackes. One of the difficult things to simulate outdoors is the narrowness and claustraphobia of trench warfare. A walk around the preserved trenches in Ypres gives a real feeling for this. Lord Reith described trench warfare as standing in a narrow, deep, ditch in a field.
The terrain in this game is designed to replicate the narrowness of trench warfare, and the general lack of visibility.
Most of the action took place at night, and the rules used the HG type screen - and party popper for flares.
This seemed to work well.
This was an interesting play test for a small scale campaign, at battalion and company level. Thansk to the two Pals commanders, TG and JW. On the German side, it was fairly busy, but on balance, much better than being down south, in Verdun ...
Hul Commercials - Orders
A COY Frontline Trench
B COY Reserve Trench
Sentry A3: A. JONES
Sentry B3: A. ANTHONY
Sentry C3: B. WARD
Listening Post: J. MIMMACK
Recce Route start from A3 then make observations from the crater line at B6, then head back to WELLS STREET at B3
The Padre will remind them of the 11th Commandment Though shalt not get caught.
Observations to focus on intersection of A7 and B8
The Knuston Pals say cheerio, for now, as they head off for Gwalia farm, near Poperinge.
The stretcher party and the Padre went out to find the CSM. This had to be completed in five game turns; with an alert defeneder firing star shells.
The stretcher bearers were pinned down on turn 3, and had to retreat -with one wounded. CSM King is officialy posted as missing.
Intelligence from from the prisoner - the opposition sector is manned by the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Hohenzollern-Simaringen- Anspach Regiment. Morale is high!
The raiders went in and captured the sentry - no noise - and so CSM King led the party into the German trench ... so far the raiders have complete surprise.
Turning from the sap, into the trench the German sentry was surprised, and an alert sounded - leading to a short and sharp melee...
Two defeneders killed in round 1, and Pte Thomas. In round 2 more German defenders were appearing, and the raiders were losing their impeteus. they fell back, loosing Pte Bradbury.
Collecting the prisoner, there was a dash through 'no man's land' dodging start shells and Mg fire - with CSM King wounded, and left in a shell hole.
There was an exchange of mortar fire, and then all quiet. A stretcher party will now have to head out and find the CSM.
'To recce the new sap/listening post, capture prisoners and dirupt the enemy'
The wring party went over the Bags at 2330 – with the recce party following.
Pte Knowlden was illuminated, and two bursts of machine gun fire swept the area.
Knowlden was killed, and Pte Elliot was wounded and recovered to the First Aid Post. The mission was aborted.
The recce edged towards the enemy position - and sighted a sap/listening post at B6.
They successfully recovered on turn 6.
Orders from Bde HQ have arrived ...
A Coy are holding the Frontline Trench – B Coy in reserve
A 3 - Thomas
B3 - Bradbury
C2 - Eagling
Listening post - Brock
Major Huband and CSM King are in the dugout at B 2
|The OC and CSM|
|Bradbury on sentry|
Colonel – tonight’s tasking from Brigade:
Having taken over the sector – please prepare
· a four man wiring party and patrol to go out into ‘no man’s land’ and check our wire –
· a two man recce patrol to ascertain the German wire and any new saps
Please nominate the party from B Coy – and the routes out and back.
A Coy and Mg’s and Mortars will be stood by and aware of the activity.
|The wiring party moving forward|
|Recce patrol receiving orders|