Game session using the village where I live to add to the narrative. Names of some of the protagonist have been changed to either add to the dramatic effect or so as not to upset some of the real people!
. The day before the storm – Rotherfield’s St Deny’s church tower basking in the sunshine.
After the allied debacle in the Battle of France and the subsequent Luftwaffe’s victory over the RAF during the aerial campaign against England, German e-boats are spotted laying down a carpet of mines over 2 broad areas in the English Channel. Inside the cordon, merchant ships, ferries, barges and other German naval vessels are seen preparing to embark troops while Junkers Ju-52 tri-motor transport aircraft are concentrated on Northern French airfields. Operation Seelöwe is about to begin.
Meanwhile, in England Churchill delivers a grim speech in the House of Commons "All his (Hitler’s) preparations for invasion on a great scale are steadily going forward. Several hundreds of self-propelled barges are moving down the coasts of Europe from the German and Dutch harbours to the ports of northern France, from Dunkirk to Brest, and beyond Brest to the French harbours in the Bay of Biscay"
For the residents of sleepy Rotherfield a storm approaches dressed in Feldgrau armed with 7.92mm rounds. Will they and Mainwaring’s Home Guard be up to the job and able to defend this green and pleasant land?
As news reached the Home Guard of an imminent invasion the church bells of St Denys' church began to peel. Local residents were warned to be extra vigilant especially for anything suspicious such as bearded men disguised as nuns. Capt. Mainwaring took on the role of organising the village defence. A temporary sandbagged pillbox style defence was erected covering the western approaches from the village side of the bridge. Small arms equipment stockpiled in the church crypt began to be issued until it was discovered that some of the weapons had apparently been tampered with rendering a large amount unfit for use. With the added complication of the possibility of a Fifth Columnist at large in the Parish, tension reached fever pitch.
LDV Pte J.Walker patrolling the bridge noticed movement by the North stream. Studying the area closely he spotted what were later identified as 4 German Paratroopers about to attempt to cross the stream. Walker fired a warning shot over their heads and challenged them but there was no reply except for an increased urgency in their actions. At this point Walker decided that they were enemy troops and began lay down a suppressing fire in their general direction. The first shots had been fired.
Meanwhile, nearby in the Kings Arms & Catts Inn pubs, a motley group of pub regulars who had been sleeping soundly within from the previous nights lock-ins (celebrating or commiserating on what could be the last hours of freedom for the village) were galvanised into action. Arming themselves with an assortment of improvised weapons and still full of dutch courage from the previous nights drinking they made their way down Station road before recklessly charging over the stream taking the German troops by surprise thanks to the ferocity of their attack. Within seconds, 4 German paratroopers lay dead or dying. Checking their papers, they were identified as reconnaissance paratroopers from an Aufklärer unit of the 7th Falschirmjäger Regt.
To be continued...