I was lucky enough to take part in an epic wargame last night, kindly hosted by Sydney, who commissioned McCarthy and I to create a large scale Memoir '44 scenario. He had a couple of requests, that the battle be stretched over two game days, that there be fortifications, plenty of opportunity for combined arms as well as paratroopers and couple of other things.
Donogh and I put our heads together and decided that it would be simpler to write a bespoke scenario rather than trying to find a battle in history that fit the requirements. Thus was born the Cabra-Kildare War of 1962.
But first a little background.
Tea Plantations of Maynooth
CIA FACTBOOK 1961 Edition
Commonwealth of Kildare (formerly British PG Tipps)
Principal Industries: Tea & Tourism
Population 7.6 million
Head of State: HRM Queen Elizabeth II
Premier: Prime Minister Albertus Sydney of the Conservative Party
Enfield – Capital City of the Commonwealth of Kildare
Nightlife in Enfield
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Language: Spanish (official) Creole (official) English (official)
Member of the Commonwealth
Strong trade ties with the United States
Kildare infantry manning .30cal mg during fighting in Tetley province,1957
Formerly the British colony of PG Tipps, the Commonwealth formally declared independance after a two year transitional period in 1949. The handover was relatively smooth and a small expatriate community remains. Crop failures in 1951 and 1952 led to a communist insurgency in the east of the island, the states of Nescafe, Starbucks and Bewleys, which developed into a brief but bloody civil war that wracked the island from 1957-58. A peace deal signed in Paris in December 1958 partitioned the island in two, the Peoples Democratic Republic of Cabra and the Commonwealth of Kildare.
The Commonwealth is made up of three constituant states, Barrys, Lyons and Tetley. Barrys is the smallest and richest of three, being home to Enfield, the capital city, and the resorts and tourist spots that bring in much of the Commonwealth's foreign exchange. Agriculture is the countries largest employer, with tea taking up the lions share of the arable land.
While the Commonwealth still has strong ties with the United Kingdom, the United States is its largest trading partner and is also the source of the majority of the islands tourists.
Kildare Armed Forces
Army – The Army of the Commonwealth of Kildare
Army of the Commonwealth of Kildare Soldiers on parade
2 Divisions Infantry
Infantry armed with M1 Garand, .30 LMG, M3 SMG, 82mm mortars and 3.5 inch bazookas.
Sherman tank of the Armoured Corps in combat in
Starbucks province during the Civil War of 1958
One tank brigade
Sherman tanks (76mm gun)
1 Artillery Brigade
M2 105mm Howitzer
75mm Pack Howitzer
Airforce – The Royal Kildare Airforce
Spitfires of the Royal Airforce
Four squadrons P51 fighters
Twp squadrons Spitfires
Navy – The Royal Kildare Navy
Corvette “The Lady Frances”
Frigate “The Lady Emily”
Coastal patrol boats