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My Name is Drayden Fox. I've tried to be a journalist since i was 17. I've written small stories, big stories, good stories and bad stories.


That's me, young faced but old hearted...


To be true, I've done one lousy story too much. I'm down and out. Dead ended in East Sussex in a small village nobody who lives more then five miles away has ever heard the name of: Birkham Stokes.

Probably I'll die here. Maybe even today. It's Saturday, June 8th, 1940. I've just listened to the 6 o'clock news on the BBC. The German invasion has begun. As I'm looking out of the window I can see dozens of parachutes hovering in the sky, maybe two or three miles away in the west. In less than an hour this village will be under German fire.

Sure, the villagers are prepared. We all know that this will happen. fWe were fearing it for months, expecting it for weeks, now kowing it. Since the early morning everyone is on his position. In front of my house the men of the South Sussex Hunt Society have manned an old Vickers machinegun. They look pretty determined, But who knows what will happen,when they really face the enemie. I mean, this time it's fighting Huns, not hens....

But whatever is about to happen in the next hours, I will write this story to the last keystroke on my typewriter...

Now there's the sound of gunfire from the northwest. That's where Mc Gowan, the Captain of the Homeguard and his men try to secure the stream. Yes, that's definitely the sound of a Webley Revolver. So the fighting starts even earlier than I expected. I will take a short walk outside and try to figure out what happens...


Don't mess with Captain Mc Gowan, Fritz!


0710
It seems that it was indeed Captain McGowan who encountered the first German „Fallschirmjaeger“. People say, he managed to shoot two of them...
BBC News reported at 7 o'clock that the Royal Airforce hits the enemy hard, when the German ships approach the shores in southern England.
Here in Birkham Stokes the people definitely are moving closer together. Down the road at our small Bank I saw the irish blooded poucher and revolutionist Reynolds handing his gun to the Tory member and Banker Arthur Pendrake. Than Reynolds rushed down to the Church to fetch some more weapons...

But wait, as I look out my westward window I notice something suspicious. No doubt: three German paratroopers sneaking out of the woods and heading towards the river banks. They seem not to have noticed Sergeant Taylor, who's hiding behind a fortification with his Lancaster Gun. He opens fire, and all three of them fall to the ground. I can't keep from cheering behind my typewriter like a football fan. Meanwhile shooting commences in the North. McGowan's Webley is giving the Huns a hard time!

0812
If BBC is right the Germans still have not managed to bring a single barge to our shores. So it's still only those pesky paratroopers. The brave hunters in front of my door are getting restless. It seems that their MG is jammed. They decide to bring it to Arnold's Garage, maybe James our local mechanic can fix the old World War gun..
Reynolds takes the position of the Hunting Society andput an eye westwards on the Marsh.

I can hear gunfire from the woods in the south. There's a detonation, could be a Gammon bomb. But nothing can be heard from the west, seems like brave Mc Gowan has repulsed the Germans there....

0908
It's getting serious now, BBC says German troop have landed near Dover, Hastings and Brighton. I wonder when the first “Panzer” will roll over our meadows....
Meanwhile fighting seems to commence in the woods south of Birkham Stokes. I saw Earl Thorncroft rushing down there with his mighty Blunderbuss in his arms. More and more Paratroopers seems to arrive there. Also our Hunting Society is said to be in position, though James Arnold is still to fix their Vickers MG. I would love to hear it's hammering noise, since that would mean, there is no coming through for the Huns...


Will Arnold fix the jammed MG before the German paratroopers break through?



to be continued...
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I like it. I do enjoy the stories that evolve while playing CC.
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Thanx Mike and sorry everybody for the delay of Part II... (my Computer broke down last week and is not repaired by now, but that's another story...)

1009
BBC reports that though heavily bombarded Dover Castle still stands undamaged and in best shape. The Germans seem to have massive difficulties to bring there troops ashore.
I turn off the radio because the telephone is ringing. It's Sgt. Drake, our local police officer. He wants me to come to the police station as soon as possible. There's an important investigation and he has a few questions. I've heard the rumours before, there seems to be a “Chaplin” in Birkham Stokes, a German operative agent. I can hardly believe that the Germans should have put so much attention on this small village beforehand, but it seems that Sgt. Drake takes the whole thing quite seriously. I promise him to come as soon as possible.
But than shooting commences nearby. German paratroopers seem to try to advance over the bridge. But there's Homeguard Ford with his Lee Enfield and he was waiting for this moment since this war had begun....



In the right hands, the Lee Enfield can be devastating....


And what I hear now sounds like music to my ears. Toc-toc-toc-toc, it's the good old Vickers MG, steady as she goes. Jack Arnold has repaired her right in time, and the German attack from the southern woods surely will come to an end.

1103
Hooray, our Home Fleet has arrived in the Channel, BBC reports, and the German landing is postponed another time.
Looking out of my window, I see Daisy Woods rushing down Bridle Path from her parental farm to the Woods, directly into the heart of the battle. That means trouble! Everybody knows that she's in love with the poucher Reynolds. And Reynolds fights down there in the woods. Fifteen minutes later it's our bartender Betty Tanner who runs in the same direction. I shout out the window: Blimey, Betty, what's up?” “Big trouble at the front, pal, Daisy is getting hysterical, clings to Reynolds' legs, says he's not gonna fight anymore, he's the love of his life and the father to her unborn child and that kind of things, invidious. I think I have to talk to her from woman to woman...” and off she goes.


Drama in the woods, will Betty convince Daisy to let go?

Meanwhile shooting continues at he bridge, Ford really has a job to do there...

1204
Bad news, Ford is injured! Taylor takes his place. And even a group of teachers rushes down the school drive to defend the stream. They seem to have grabbed some acids and build some deGaulle Cocktails... looks more funny than glorious... But it's all bloody serious! I could catch a glimpse on Ford when he limped to the doctor's, he was not at all looking glorious....
And the "Fallshirmjaeger" now pop up everywhere. The major German attack this time is coming from the east. I could hear it through the telephone. Sgt Drake was calling again, telling me to appear at his office at half past one, when suddenly he cried “Bloody hell.... the Huns! Loads of them! Mr. Pendrake, would you please take your gun. I assume the Amazon Shooting Club down Orchard lane is in deep trouble hurry up!... Mr. Fox, I'll call you later...” and up he hungs....


The Amazon Shooting Club is in big trouble...

But there are good news as well, the shouting (and the shooting) in the southern woods has stopped. Seems like Betty has convinced Daisy to fight together with the rest of all our brave citizens against the nazi-invaders....


1311
The BBC news were devastating, German troops seem to have landed in Hythe, Sandgate and Dover, our troops seem to have heavy losses due to German 88s fire....
And even more bad news here in Birkham Stokes. They found James Arnold lying in the courtyard of his garage. Dead. With a small red hole in his head... Snipers! The bastards!
The shooting continues in the west and in the east....who knows for how much longer we can defend this small english village against the fascist hordes...

...to be continued.
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Part III

1404
BBC reports that the Germans secure their beachhead at Dover. Soon the German paratroopers outside our village will get support from infantry and even tanks.
And we ARE already in trouble. There's fighting at the Main Road in the east, new attacks over the bridge in the west, heavy shooting at Bridle Path in the south. But our little community still seems to stay strong against the invaders.
Sgt Drake phones again, reporting that he and the men from the East Sussex Hunt have managed to throw back the Germans at the cemetery.
But the number of injured citizens is raising from hour to hour. Drake has heard rumours that our doctor, Dr Greystoke, seems hardly to be able to nurse the wounds. Is he drunk again? Drake supposes that he might even be the German spy, that he was warned of. Anyway, the current situation with enemies all over the place makes it pretty hard to carry on with our policeman's investigation....

1515
Sir Winston Churchill was on the radio with a speech to the entire nation. It was broadcasted live from the House of Commons. “The Nazi jackboot will not rest long on his Majesty's soil” he grimly creaks... I didn't know that the situation is THAT bad......
But it's even getting worse: Suddenly everybody hears screaming sounds from above... Stuka-bombers! Within seconds bombs seem to detonate everywhere, it's the inferno. Ten minutes later, they're gone. I take look around, some houses are still burning in open flames. And we have suffered heavy losses. Edith Finley died in her shop, Reverend Barnstaple was deadly hit just outside our Church, Captain McGowan is deadly wounded near the stream, the Cricket Pavillon was hit and nobody there survived. And most tragically Daisy Woods, who had just decided to fight instead of fleeing with her lover Reynolds was also killed near our southern woods.


The martyrs of Birkham Stokes....


And in this catastrophe everybody rushes to hastily reorganise our defences. I see our local pub-regulars armed with nothing but cues, bottles and darts marching to the northern stream area. “Revenge!” they cry as they storm through the marsh. I loose the sight, I hear the short salvos of German MP's and I know that none of them will return....
Meanwhile Reynolds fights like a fury at the Main Road. None has told him, that Daisy's dead.....

1608
BBC reports, that strong currents would hinder the Germans to land more troops. If they would have ask somebody here, they would know, that there are already more then enough of them....
Earl Thorncroft is knocking at may door and commands me to the church. Somebody has to take care of the ammunition and the weapons. I grab my typewriter and Homeguard Dan Hodges escorts me there. He shows me everything I need to know, grabs a Thompson MP and leaves back to his position. I climb up the Church tower to take a look around. The Germans have advanced to the east outskirts of Birkham Stokes, Reynolds seems to be injured as he limps from cover to cover. But he keeps on firing at the enemy. They still have not set their dirty boots in our little Birkham Stoke, the Nazi scum. We still stand bloodied but yet unbowed!

1711
BBC reports that there is little advance for the invaders in the afternoon. Is there still something like hope?
Ms Featherlake, the headmaster of our little school, arrives at the church and ask me for some Mills-Bombs, I hand her a few. Back on the church tower I see the Germans massing their troops in the south. But the fighters seem to get tired. There's a lot of shooting, but obviously little effect. Down at the Doctor's I see Reynolds and Shaman freshly bandaged shaking Dr Greystones hand. Our Doctor seems to have recovered. We need him so badly......

...to be continued
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Part IV and End

1809

I'm Hearing only bad News...on the BBC Radio. Our forces' counterattacks seem to have little effect. German motorized troops advance to Rye and Romney,Folkestone is occupied by the invaders.
Here in Birkham Stokes the situation is getting worse too. For the very first time today, the Germans are attacking from the North. So it seems, we are encircled. The main fighting still takes place in the southern woods, where the Earl and Sgt. Drake are fighting furiously to push the Germans back. Unfortunately Dr Greystone seems to have a nervous breakdown, he suddenly stopped nursing our injured heroes and laid down in his bed. It's all too much for some of us, but still we stay strong.....

1910
Hooray! After all we are not alone and forgotten. A platoon of the nearby Infantry Regiment cautiously advances down Bridle Path. How surprised the boys are, as they recognize, that this is still a free and fighting British village! And shortly behind them there arrives the Earl's red Rolls Royce. Thornton and Sgt Drake immediately take over the car from Thornton's butler Alfred and drive it to the North, to defend our Pub...


“Hey Serge, fancy a ride in my red Rolls Royce?”


Meanwhile it doesn't matter, which direction I peer from my nest up in the steeple: there's fighting everywhere. And the braveness of this people from Birkham Stokes is heartwarming and breathtaking. Our teachers throwing diy deGaulle bombs at attacking elite “Fallschirmjaegers”and successfully defend their position!

2009
BBC claims, that the German invaders still have difficulties to bring all their forces ashore. Meanwhile dusk immerses Birkham Stokes in an unreal red light. The ladies of the Amazon Club arrive at the church yard. Some of them are seriously wounded. Still they ask for weapons. I hand them a lone Lee Enfield gun, the very last arm I could find in the church's cellars.
The Huns attack from the North with fresh forces. Arthur Pendrake defend's the Cricket Pavillon there. Than he suddenly stands up at the Pavillon's balcony, opens a suitcase in his hands and German Reichsmark flutter all over zhe place. The Huns drop their guns and rush to grab as much money they can get, while there officers bark at them like crazy....
It's getting dark but I still can here shooting from all directions. What will the night bring?

Finale

As the last sunlight has disappeared I can finally hear them.... roaring, rumpling... they have arrived: the feared German “Panzers”. I remember the old Northover Projector down in the crypta. It's out of order, it could have helped so much now, but there is nobody to repair the damn thing, but Arnold and Arnold is dead. But there's also another sound.... up in the skies... two brave Fairey Battles attack near the West Woods. I can hear the detonating bombs and the death-cry of the comrades....

oops, did I say comrades? That reminds me that there is still a job to be done. I unlock my Luger and approach the resting ladies of the Amazon Shooting Club. “Excuse me ladies, do you need some help?” Blam – Blam – Blam – Blam …. the Luger is a reliable weapon, four women lie dead on the ground. I step down the stairs to the crypt without haste and open the hidden door. The men of the “Spezial-Kommando” have already waited. Two dozens of well armed Elite Soldiers secure the church within minutes...


Chaplin has his finest hour..it was worth all the boring years in the southenglish province


“Gut gemacht, Major Fuchs, werde Sie bei Canaris lobend erwähnen!”
Yes, there is nor future, neither for this lousy shithole Birkham Stoke, nor for England's dreamin'... huahhahahahahaaaaaa.


The End

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I've unwittingly been neglected the game page for this fine game, and only just discovered this session report.

Massive thanks for posting this, Stefan. It is fantastic report and an absolute joy to read.
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Glad you liked it, Paul.
Thanx and Cheers!
 
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