Friday 2 May 2014

This is it.

As the last echoes died away,Major Allman could see the smiles on the faces of his men, they got to their feet and shared cigarettes and cheeky grins. All around them the dead and wounded were getting to their feet, whilst the Umpires huddled together looking important.
    The mood didn`t last long as nco s called the men to order.

    General Odd called them all to gather round whilst he thanked them for their part in the exercise and went on to warn them that it had all been a bit of a disaster and lessons would be learned and further drills introduced.
       I leave you all to go back over your actions and inactions this day and answer this question.
  What could you do?

Thursday 1 May 2014

Action this Day

Nine o clock came and went, half past, then ten o clock. The men had dug in to protect the bridge, brewed up and were waiting.
   Just before half past ten, the sound of heavy vehicle engines could be heard approaching from Freezingham.
      Still no sign of the Airborne forces from the direction of Littletown, instead the form of an armoured car could be glimpsed through the hedges, cautiously approaching.
     Fingers tightened on triggers as the first of the infantry came creeping towards Major Allmans position.

     The British commanders were obviously uncertain, from Freezingham came the first of the armour, a light tank, a Vickers mk 4, obviously intending to flush out the defenders whilst the infantry suuport was poised to exploit that knowledge and heavier armour waited in reserve.

      The littletown commander had the opposite approach and a screen of infantry came sweeping across the countryside, covered by the turrets of what appeared to be two Rolls armoured cars.

Major Allmans men sighted their weapons on the approaching forces, helmet straps were given a final tightening and looks of good luck flashed around the group.

A very light lit the sky to signal the attack and then the sound of a whistle, reminding many of their days in the trenches, waiting to go over the top.