Minor Skirmish at Longtown

Reports of aggressive intentions towards the Golden Valley Protectorate by some of Sir Gilbert’s neighbours were received by him more with sorrow than with anger. He was well aware that many of his fellow land-owners and minor aristocrats were inclined to behave like spoilt children (he’d been to school with most of them, after all). So he determined on a response which mixed firmness with understanding.

The high standard of training and readiness attained by The Volunteers was amply displayed by the speed and efficiency with which this modern, fully motorised force mobilised and moved out to confront the misguided delinquents, now in arms and foolishly challenging Sir Gilbert in the vicinity of Longtown. The Volunteers were  joined by two platoons of enthusiastic (if deluded) chaps calling themselves “socialists”. Ranged against them were the forces of Sir  Giles Clive, an amiable nonentity and Lady Bramton Bryn, a forceful lady, led astray by a combination of inadvisable reading and weak intellect.

 

The Volunteers arrive, fully motorised and eager to get to grips
The Volunteers arrive, fully motorised and eager to get to grips

 

 

A platoon of "socialists" advance up the main road in theirarmoured wagon, towed by an armoured steam engine
A platoon of “socialists” advance up the main road in their armoured wagon, towed by an armoured steam engine

 

 

On the right, more "socialists", known bizarrely as Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists. move up on foot
On the right, more “socialists”, known bizarrely as Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists. move up on foot

 

 

 

Some of Lady Bramton's "gels" form up in defence
Some of Lady Bramton’s “gels” form up in defence

 

 

Lady Maud's section prepares to vadvance
Lady Maud’s section prepares to advance

 

 

 

A scarecrow? Or a sentinel of the sinister Twiggy Mommets? Sir Gilbert's platoon will need to be careful
A scarecrow? Or a sentinel of the sinister Twiggy Mommets? Sir Gilbert’s platoon will need to be careful

 

 

 

The worst news for a modern, fully motorised force...!
The worst news for a modern, fully motorised force…!

 

 

 

Nothing else for it but to debus and use shanks' pony
Nothing else for it but to debus and use shanks’ pony

 

 

 

Sir Gilbert's WI section prepare themselves for the advance on foot
Sir Gilbert’s WI section prepare themselves for the advance on foot

 

 

 

Meanwhile, in the centre, busloads of infantry move in support of the steam engine
Meanwhile, in the centre, busloads of infantry move in support of the steam engine

 

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Sir Gilbert's Steam Armoured Section leads The Voluntees advance. To gain maximum traction in the muddy conditions, the Tank deliberately proceeds in reverse, contrary to scurrilous rumours from the enemy
Sir Gilbert’s Steam Armoured Section leads The Volunteers’ advance. To gain maximum traction in the muddy conditions, the tank deliberately proceeds in reverse, contrary to scurrilous rumours from the enemy

 

 

 

Lady Maud's section advance to contest the large farmhouse with the "socialists"
Lady Maud’s section advance to contest the large farmhouse with the “socialists”

 

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Slight confusion as Sir Gilbert's sections debus and form up
Slight confusion as Sir Gilbert’s sections debus and form up

 

 

 

Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists steadfastly advance, determined to uphold Sir Gilbert's rights
Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists steadfastly advance, determined to uphold Sir Gilbert’s rights

 

 

 

In the centre, the "socialists" gain the centre of the village and deploy the armoured truck to hold the position
In the centre, the “socialists” gain the centre of the village and deploy the armoured truck to hold the position

 

 

 

Lady Bramton's reserve section and artillery support
Lady Bramton’s reserve section and artillery support

 

 

 

Sir Gilbert, surrounded by his staff and accompanied by Marlborough, the dog,, emerge from the trees, ready to impose his iron will on the proceedings
Sir Gilbert, surrounded by his staff and accompanied by Marlborough, the dog, emerge from the trees, ready to impose his iron will on the proceedings

 

 

 

The "socialists" head for the large farm
The “socialists” head for the large farm……..

 

 

 

....to be met by Lady Maud's section. Close combat...!
….to be met by Lady Maud’s section. Close combat…!

 

 

 

With debussing complete and perfect order restored, Sir Gilbert's formidable, modern platoon moves off
With debussing complete and perfect order restored, Sir Gilbert’s formidable, modern platoon moves off

 

 

The action in the centre is fierce as more "socialists" enter the fight for the farm and members of Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists advance on their right
The action in the centre is fierce as more “socialists” enter the fight for the farm and members of Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists advance on their right

 

 

 

Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists break through the massive hedge in front of the church
Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists break through the massive hedge in front of the church

 

 

Lady Bramton's HQ section deploy.
Lady Bramton’s HQ section deploy

 

 

Sir Gilbert's platoon advances in perfect open-order. he steam tank has now turned to face forward
Sir Gilbert’s platoon advances in perfect open-order. The steam tank has now turned to face forward

 

 

Members of Sir Giles Clive's platoon advance against Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists
Members of Sir Giles Clive’s platoon advance against Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists

 

 

Sir Gilbert's new anti-tank team, Mad Wullie McSpaniel and Nanny Pankhurst, storm forward in search of prey
Sir Gilbert’s new anti-tank team, Mad Wullie McSpaniel and Nanny Pankhurst, storm forward in search of prey

 

 

Victory at the farm enables the "socialists to consolidate their position in the centre
Victory at the farm enables the “socialists” to consolidate their position in the centre

 

 

The "socialists"  miners section lead the advance through the centre of the village
The “socialists” miners section lead the advance through the centre of the village

 

 

In the face of Sir Gilbert's inexorable advance on the left, Lady Bramton orders the withdrawal of her baggage
In the face of Sir Gilbert’s inexorable advance on the left, Lady Bramton orders the withdrawal of her baggage, covered by the reserve section and artillery

 

 

Sir Gilbert's steam tank causes casualties in Lady Bramton's HQ as his platoon exerts irresistible pressure on Lady Bramton's platoon
Sir Gilbert’s steam tank causes casualties in Lady Bramton’s HQ as his command exerts irresistible pressure on her  platoon

 

 

Ferocious fighting in the churchyard between Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists and Sir Giles' men, skulking behind the gravestones
Ferocious fighting in the churchyard between Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists and Sir Giles’ men, skulking behind the gravestones

 

 

The "socialist" miners press on in the centre
The “socialist” miners press on in the centre
Looking across the battlefield with Sir Gilbert's platoon in the foreground, the "socialists" (still with their distinctive omnibuses) in the centre and on the far right, Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists
Looking across the battlefield with Sir Gilbert’s platoon in the foreground, the “socialists” (still with their distinctive omnibuses) in the centre and in the distance, on the far right flank, Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists

 

 

A chaotic scene in the centre with the "socialists" following up the retreat of Lady Bramton and coming under fire from Sir Giles' armoured car. Mad Wullie McSpaniel can be seen rushing to where the fight is fiercest
A chaotic scene in the centre with the “socialists” following up the retreat of Lady Bramton and coming under fire from Sir Giles’ armoured car. Mad Wullie McSpaniel can be seen rushing to where the fight is fiercest

 

 

Sir Gilbert's platoon advances in perfect order, sweeping all before it
Sir Gilbert’s platoon advances in perfect order, sweeping all before it

 

 

The "socialists" have the upper hand in the centre. On the right, Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists battle for the church with Sir Giles' men and on the left, Sir Gilbert has total control
The “socialists” have the upper hand in the centre. On the right, Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists battle for the church with Sir Giles’ men and on the left, Sir Gilbert has total control

 

 

Tressell's Enlightened Philanthropists continue to press Sir Giles, despite encountering fire from a heavy machine gun
Tressell’s Enlightened Philanthropists continue to press Sir Giles, despite encountering fire from a heavy machine gun

 

 

Lady Bramton's artillery, covering her platoon's retreat, engages Sir Gilbert's police section
Lady Bramton’s artillery, covering her platoon’s retreat, engages Sir Gilbert’s police section………..

 

 

....and inflicts the only casualties suffered by The Volunteers during the engagement. Despite this, Sir Gilbert's platoon comes forward in fine style
….and inflicts the only casualties suffered by The Volunteers during the engagement. Despite this, Sir Gilbert’s platoon comes forward in fine style

 

 

As night falls, Sir Giles' armoured car manages to stem the flood of the "socialist's" advance in the centre
As night falls, Sir Giles’ armoured car manages to stem the flood of the “socialist’s” advance in the centre

 

And so ended the skirmish at Longtown in which Sir Gilbert achieved all his aims. His misguided neighbours were shown the error of their ways but not destroyed or humiliated – they may be wrong but they are still “our class”.

 

The “socialists”, whilst also being misguided were able to experience the benefits of fighting under the leadership of an experienced and skilled campaigner in Sir Gilbert. There is hope that they may renounce their wrong-headed politics and return to their station as honest sons of toil.

 

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6 thoughts on “Minor Skirmish at Longtown

  1. I am both inspired and made bitter by these Battle Reports. I am inspired to make stuff for the era, and bitter that I cannot join in. Well done!

  2. May I ask who the miniatures in Lady Maud’s section are, I recognise the hinterland figures but the others are very nice !

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