|The remains of the Anglican R-35 after the Battle of Bredwardine Fords.|
If Renault's experts could not do better than this, they knew that
their future lay only in manufacturing "family cars".
Friday, 4 December 2015
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
|Wing Commander Douglas "Dauntless" Daring|
|Information Leaflets being delivered over occupied Hereford. The parched nature of the countryside is evident.|
|An aerial photograph of All Saints Church, High Town. Arrowsmith's Behemoth|
has either been towed away by Hereford's Traffic Wardens (an onerous endeavour)
or has been carefully camouflaged.
|Leading the "V for Victory" formation over Hereford, Group Captain Daring gives|
local residents a re-assuring wave. Their liberation is coming!
(1). For the previous activities of Captain Macaroni and his Fiat CR32, see the Big Game Report on the Battle of Eardisley below (September 2014 Big Game).
(2). With due respect to the Leading Aircraftsman in need of elocution lessons, it could hardly be known as "The Doolittle Raid". Apparently, that is half a world away and some time in the future....
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Born 1879, only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward 'Loopy' Straitt-Jackett and the Hon. Felicia Straitt-Jackett (nee Warming-Knightley). Educated at Mr. Thrashem's Academy for Young Gentlemen. Joined Army 1897. Served in Sudan, Gold Coast, Basutoland, Matabeleland.
Despite never hearing a shot fired in anger Major Straitt-Jackett served with distinction during World War 1, commanding 13th (Colonial) Field Kitchen Unit stationed in Bulawayo. He was present at the Tsetse Valley Incident when a crowd of rioting Native miners were subdued by volleys of plum duff hurled by his cooks, for which action he was awarded The Order of the Yellow Buffalo (2nd Class).
A good friend of the renowned Major Denis Bloodknock, Major Straitt-Jackett joined the B.U.F. in 1935, in the mistaken belief it was a book club.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
|The Battleground at Bredwardine Fords [with bridge], and a familiar advance : Arrowsmith in the centre with the Behemoth in the lead, Storm Leader Giles to the right, Captain Strait-Jackett to the left.|
|The end of the battle for Captain Strait-Jackett's Royalists - decimated by the gallant Lady Rita's firing line.|
|Cheltenham Ladies College Hockey Team in happier times - on a goodwill tour of Canada at the start of the VBCW|
|The Leader of the Mommets advances to the aid of the Bishop. The day was to prove|
that Herefordshire Mommetry was not to be trifled with.
|The Behemoth in the early stages of the Battle of Bredwardine Fords. Big gun, multiple machine guns, heavy armour, and the morale of the crew is high - so far.|
|The loss of the brave Lt. "Cadgze" Pidgeon His R-35 disappears in a fireball.|
|Send on the exploding dogs! The LEF Secret Weapon is revealed as Staff Captain Cruft's finest take on the Behemoth. It is but moments before the massacre.....|
|A unique documentary shot. The Behemoth's driver, crazed by repeated bombardment, finally cracks. Run away ! Double Run away!|
|The End of the Behemoth - beached and broken on the Bridge [ford]. The 1st Section of the LEF hold one side, BUF infantry hold the other. There is to be a fierce but inconclusive exchange of grenades, but the battle is drawn.|
|Arrowsmith subsequently demonstrates his customary salute to recruits at the BUF Barracks, Whitecross Street.|
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
"'Resolution', sir. And 'Retribution'. So the Royal Naval Reserve boys named them. I know what you were promised, sir. That strange chap Lindemann, you know, the one who brought us this Russian "Katyusha" technology in the first place; apparently he's blaming the battery commander. says he's got a replacement in mind for the next engagement".
"Mmm....." The Bishop flipped the page and brightened. "Well, at least our technical review was better than the Conservators....."
The Bishop and the Reverend Postin rocked with laughter.
“They might be on to something there” gasped the Bishop, finally.
“I say, sir, steady on.....don't you know I've signed The Pledge?"
|A View of the Battlefield - Bredwardine Bridge in the Centre. The LEF advance in the right|
foreground whilst Arrowsmith's BUF and their running dogs for the day, the Malvern Hill
Conservators, advance in the centre and left foreground.
|The Rev Duff Postin indulges his only known vice.|
The Reverend Duff Postin, Standard Bearer of the Ludlow Expeditionary Force and Military Secretary to the Bishop, records:
|The County of Hereford during the VBCW. Ludlow, as indicated, is to the north, on|
the Herefordshire/Shropshire border. The Ecclesiastical Enclave maintains good relations
with another VBCW geographical development, the Shropshire Free State.
|Anglican Photofit of Baron Foy as he may now|
appear - moustache regrown and in disguise as
a Leominster hop-picker and agricultural labourer.
Notwithstanding the notable victory for for the forces of freedom and right in the County, our Bishop had cause for sorrow : the opportunity to release the Bishop of Hereford from his unlawful captivity was lost (well, it was on another table...). The Ecclesiastical Intelligence Service inform the Bishop that his colleague may have ceased to be in Royalist hands, only to fall into the clutches of one of the many Landowner's Protection Leagues.....
|The 1:1 scale Bishop, appropriately clad in ecclesiastical purple, studies the dispositions of the Anglican C-in-C, Mort.|
|The Battleground at Foy - Fascists to the left, Anglicans to the right, Socialists in hiding everywhere|
|Fascist infantry crossing Foy Railway Embankment - the enemy of the Ludlow Light Lancers.|
That's the Embankment, I mean, not the Fascists.
|The Battlefield at Eardisley with BUF Original Dispositions|