Codeword Cromwell 1940 part 10 Battle of Rotherfield – KA-BOOM Featherlake & Arnold’s fougasse mine engulfs Germans while Aussie reporter wins George Cross

Posted: January 24, 2015 in rotherfield, wargames

Taken seconds after the Germans entered SW Motor's garage, Featherlake detonated the hidden fougasse mine.  Foreground Sgt Wilson surveys the carnage

Taken seconds after the Germans entered SW Motor’s garage, Featherlake detonated the hidden fougasse mine. Foreground Sgt Wilson runs past one of the burning cars, the garage completely gone

1900hrs – As the unmistakeable sound of armoured tracks approached the village, remnants of the East Kent’s launched a final desperate counter attack holding the German tanks and infantry reinforcements at bay for a vital hour  before being swept away. It was just the respite needed by the villagers to regroup. IMG_3589 (800x600)First, as advance units of the 5th Jäger regt. entered the seemingly deserted SW Motors garage, head teacher Featherlake detonated the fougasse mine she and Arnold had planted earlier.  2 squads of German infantry immediately vanished, in a nightmare scene reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno as they were engulfed in flame and collapsing masonry. The teachers had been avenged.

To paraphrase Hippocrates, “Desperate times calls for desperate measures” and when Antipodean Journo Drayden Fox (who had steadfastly refused to use a weapon) stood up in the Rotherfield Stores shop and uttered his immortal words “Bollocks to this mate” the wounded of the Women’s Institute thought he was about to run away.  Not so, armed with just his trusty typewriter and a handful of 2hb staedtler pencils he charged towards the German held positions outside the pub.

Drayden Fox's Remington - Before use as a weapon against the enemy

Drayden Fox’s Remington – Before use as a weapon against the enemy

A tirade of colourful colonial language ringing in their ears, the German troops were routed as Fox put his trusty Remington to a use never originally conceived of. He had also opened an escape route for Pendrake and Tanner who had been cut off in the Kings Arms pub. Tragically,  Landlady Tanner was hit in the head by a snipers bullet in shortly after. The status of Chaplin suspect Bank Manager Pendrake remained unknown.

The scene of Fox's heroics. Taken from Rotherfield Stores, this street was single handedly cleared of Germans by the typewriter equipped reporter.

The scene of Fox’s heroics. Taken from Rotherfield Stores, this street was single handedly cleared of Germans by the typewriter equipped reporter.

For this selfless act of bravery Fox would be awarded the George Cross.

Spurred on by this courageous act, Pte Godfrey and the surviving cricket team members charged a group of Germans from the 20th PzGren Regt (who were attempting to infiltrate the ruins of the SW Motors garages). With accurate covering fire from Sgt Wilson’s Lanchester smg they inflicted more casualties. Godfrey himself kept on fighting despite being wounded.

At the Police Station, the last remaining G.I.’s defending the roadblock were finally eliminated when the were outflanked although the Germans were slow to exploit the position. The Village just needed to hold out for one more hour.

 

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