Friday 23 September 2011

More VBCW Reds for the Wirral Socialist Workers

Work continues on expanding my Socialist force for 1938: A Very British Civil Was (VBCW for short). This comes ahead of the Big Game 4 to be held in Evesham at the end of October.

In my VBCW game, my force represents the paramilitary forces of the Wirral Socialist Workers Council. The WSW Control most of the Wirral, a peninsular in the North West of England. They are in conflict with the royalist forces based in Chester, and are allied to the besieged Liverpool Free State. The so called 'Chester Front' is a line of trench works and defences across the southern portion of the Wirral, stretching from Whitby to Burton. As yet the Royalists have failed to make significant in roads into the Wirral, instead concentrating the bulk of their forces on besieging Liverpool, while the WSW lack the manpower and resources to push their lines any further. Perhaps all that is about to change.

The Maxim HMG is a veteran of a weapon, having seen service in one form or another in every major conflict for the last fifty years. The WSW have recently taken delivery of a handful of these precious weapons from supporters in Russia, via their allies in Liverpool.

Soviet army instructors have been schooling snipers from Liverpool and the Wirral. In accordance with their doctrine the Sniper Platoon has been reinforced by specially trained 'spotters' armed with PPD35 SMGs (again, thanks to their Russian patrons)

Communication is vital in modern warfare. In 1938 radios are bulky, rare, difficult to maintain and unreliable. It's far better to rely on the tried and tested methods like semaphore, runners, field telephones and alike. This heroine of the socialist movement has been trained in semaphore and attached to the WSW Brigade head quarters.

During a civil war moral can be difficult to maintain. To ensure that the Socialist workers of Wirral are following their orders properly the Party has appointed a number of 'Political Officers'.

The political officer and the HMG are by Black Tree Designs (from their NKVD range). I clipped off the top of the gun crew's peaked caps and added a blob of green stuff to make flat caps. The spotter is by Black Tree Designs too, from the Soviet army range. The signalswoman if converted from a Copplstone castings Bolshevik Heroine.

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