Codeword Cromwell 1940 part 5 Battle of Rotherfield – Poacher turned Gamekeeper – blood brothers

Posted: January 19, 2015 in rotherfield, wargames

IMG_3377 (800x600) As midday approached, events took a sinister turn, First Capt Mainwaring was warned that there was now strong evidence to support the fact that one of the villagers was in league with the Germans and acting as a fifth columnist. At present unidentified, he/she was accordingly codenamed “Chaplin.” As if that wasn’t enough a 3rd German light infantry division the 1st Infantiere was reported approaching from the hitherto relatively quiet Eastern sector while the paratroops of 7FJ and infantry of 5J continued a heavy build up in the North West. Lord Thorncroft of the Manor House and poacher Brendan Murphy alias Reynolds appeared to be ruled out of the list of Chaplin suspects as they put their differences aside to fight the common enemy. putting to flight the German troops who had accounted for Home Guard volunteer Sponge in Hornshurst Wood.

Rotherfield school drive approach from the German position. Here over 50  German troops from 7FJ & 5J were involved in heavy fighting with a handful of East Kent regulars, the East Sussex Hunt putting the Vickers to full effect and the redoubtable Mrs Finlay.

Rotherfield school drive approach from the German position. Here over 50 German troops from 7FJ & 5J were involved in heavy fighting with a handful of East Kent regulars, the East Sussex Hunt putting the Vickers to full effect and the redoubtable Mrs Finlay.

On the west side of the village, heavy fighting ensued by the school, the drive approaching it and the apple orchard to the north. Both sides inflicted and took casualties in the course of the fighting but after another hour the school was still in possession of the villagers. The Vickers mg effectively put to use once more by the Sussex Hunt. To the North, Pte Fraser (cricket pavilion) and the Teachers & pub regulars ably led by the Breakfast club staff armed with shotguns, test tubes of acid, pool cues and darts continued to engage paratroops in the Orchard. Then disaster struck as the pub regulars fuelled by one pint of Harveys Best bitter too many, became too emboldened and leaving the relative safety of the Kings Arms, charged the enemy. In a matter of seconds they were cut down enmasse, a salutary tale if ever there was one concerning the negative effects of alcohol.

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