Royalist forces under the command of Sir Marmaduke Langdale have pushed westwards towards the village of Thurstonfield with a view to cutting a wedge from Carlisle to the Solway Coast this will hopefully isolate the Albertine forces currently north of the Solway and allow them to be eliminated piecemeal by Royalist supporters from Dumfries.
Having carried out various feints further south and around Great Orton this is the main push to the coast and Langdale has amassed considerable heavy support for the attack. The Borderers are also supported by the Penrith Union of Fascists under Viscount Achibald Rackham the local Penrith MP.
To counter this attack the Albertine forces are rushing as many troops and units as they can to the area. The Village itself is held by the Thurstonfield Volunteer Rifles supported by the Wigton Local Defence Volunteers and a unit of the West Cumberland Naval Artillery.
|John Lambert VC|
These mixed units under the command of John Lambert VC have blocked the main routes into the village but their only hope is for strong re-enforcements, these are on their way in the form of Scottish Troops from the St Andrews League under the direct command of Major Hamish Fraser.
|Battle of Thurstonfield|
|Albertine forces occupying the main street|
|First re-enforcements arrive|
|Bitter fighting in the main street|
|Scots Infantry pulls into the village|
|Aircraft from both sides in the air above the village|
|Scots attempting to regroup|
|Did anybody notice I had called the pub the Pike and Shot ?|
|Renault 35 has now been disabled but is still firing|
|Firemen have pulled themselves together and are back on the offensive|
|Carlisle Constabulary pinned down|
|Royalist Tanks surge towards the road block|
|Vickers tank charges through the road block...... but without support|
|The battle draws to a close|
At this point we decided to call a halt. Although the Royalists have the advantage and have broken through into the village the Albertines have plenty to keep fighting with, as a demonstration game it didn't really matter. The assumption for further battles will be the Royalists now hold the village but lacked sufficient strength to push to the coast.
We had a great time at the show talked to loads of people and much to my embarrassment we won a prize for the game. Thanks to everybody who took the time to come and have a look, to chat and share so much positive feedback, thanks also to Simon and the organisers of the show, all being well we will back at Albanich 2017.
|Our prize !|