Monthly Archives: April 2018

Fishguard 1797 Scenario No.2: The French Attack 23-25 February

Our second hypothetical scenario again deals with a what-if; What if the French decided to attack Fishguard?  There are several scenario options to consider here: Scenario No.2a: What if Knox decided to stand his ground (23 February)? This scenario option … Continue reading

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Fishguard 1797 Scenario No.1: Ambush at Carnwnda, 23-24 February

This, the first of our hypothetical scenarios, starts with the historical situation of the evening of 23rd February: Lord Cawdor, determined to attack the enemy position at Carnwnda despite the gathering darkness, is rashly advancing in a straggling column, up … Continue reading

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British Forces at Fishguard, 1797 (Part 2)

This is the second part of my article on the rag-tag British ‘army’ that faced the French invasion at Fishguard in February 1797.  In Part 1, I covered the order of battle and the main British commanders.  Today we’ll take … Continue reading

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British Forces at Fishguard, 1797 (Part 1)

This is the British order of battle, as organised for a wargame using ‘British Grenadier!’ rules, at a ratio of 1:5 (1 figure representing 5 men). The troop quality ratings also conform to ‘British Grenadier!’, where ‘Elite’ is the best … Continue reading

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French Forces at Fishguard, 1797

This is the French order of battle, as organised for a wargame using ‘British Grenadier!’ rules, at a ratio of 1:5 (1 figure representing 5 men). The troop quality ratings also conform to ‘British Grenadier!’, where ‘Elite’ is the best … Continue reading

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The Battle That Never Was – Fishguard 1797

The ‘Battle’ of Fishguard And the Repulse of the Last Invasion of Great Britain 22-25 February 1797 A Scenario for ‘British Grenadier!’ by Mr Small & Jemima Fawr Tate, safe behind Llanwnda rocks, Was not afraid of Colonel Knox. Knox, … Continue reading

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A Very British Civil War 1938: Royalist Units in Pembrokeshire

The Loyal West Carmarthenshire Greenjackets (who refer to themselves as ‘The Chosen Men’) are a light infantry unit raised chiefly from Loyalist land-owners and estate workers in western Carmarthenshire. Partly welsh-speaking, the unit is tasked with patrolling the eastern end … Continue reading

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A Very British Civil War 1938: The Army of the Bishopric of St David’s

The Bishop of St David’s, the Right Reverend Islwyn Davies, in concert with Viscount St David’s and Major General Sir Ivor Picton, had been preparing for war for some time and had slowly been establishing politically-reliable Local Defence Volunteer militia … Continue reading

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A Very British Civil War 1938: The Battle of Crundale

Following the collapse of central government authority in Pembrokeshire, the county rapidly fragmented and became factionalised.  The King’s faction, backed by Mosely’s Fascists and most of the ‘old money’, held on to the central belt and the lucrative anthracite mining … Continue reading

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A Very British Civil War 1938: The Slebech Castle Cadet Corps

Lady Aisling Keir’s Slebech Castle Finishing School for Young Ladies was established on the Slebech estate in 1936, thanks to the patronage of her friends the Baron and Baroness de Loutson. Lady Aisling is a dispossessed Irish royalist, an ardent … Continue reading

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