6 Para Post Op reportOp Telford 30 sept 1979
2 Btn QRF tasked with location of Borset Marxist Front cadre reported as active in area Dudley Hope - West Rissington - Claydon Barrow.
Call sign Quebec Two Two tasked to approach from S; Quebec Two Three approach from W; Recce Section insert by Helo direct at Dudley Hope.
0700 Recce Stn land DH DZ, contact OpFor. Area cleared, hostages (local police) secured and evacuated.
Q22 move by road towards WR. No resistance, suspect pipe bombs slow advance.
O730 Q23 arrive DH. Area secure.
O800 Recce lifted and moved to area CHIPSHOP on Observation React OP.
Q22 moving slow, report wired bridge at Rissington Cross. OpFor OP spotted and neutralised.
0900 Report from Box500 of OpFor moving on West Rissington. Recce Stn lifted to block approach. Contact. OpFor retires on Claydon Barrow road, Q23 move up and contact; OpFor neutralised.
1000 Q22 clear road and move on Claydon Barrow. OpFor contacted in company strength. Sections A and C suppressed, Q22 HQ element counterattacks. Location secured. BMF local commander captured WIA, KIA subsequent.
All elements consolidate and return to FOB KENNETH
Transcript of Sergeant Dave Tucker interview with Daily Mail:
"Claydon Barrow? Yeah that was warry. We piled up in the Landies and got right into Trot, lots of it! Gave them the good news alright but they stuck at it. We weren't going anywhere until Tilly, Corporal Tilly picks up his gat and starts in at them. We followed him in and slotted the lot. Picked up this trot boss who was leaking a bit and roughed him up. He didn't make it back.....Shame. Another pint?"
Official sources in the Emergency Government have announced another success in the war against Marxist anti-government terrorists, 10 miles South-West of Borchester. A terrorist leader was captured and an as yet unknown number of civil servants being held hostage have been returned to their families.
Op Telford was played as a 20mm operational level game. Something I'd wanted to do for a while. The home baked system, whilst still informal worked well and was a laugh to play. We switched between macro and micro as required by the game; that village of two-three houses became just the target houses in the village and that 'company' of 8 figures becoming a 1-2-1 rifle section assaulting the Newton's shop where the self-styled Supremo of Free Borset hid out.
Definitely a winner for future Winter of '79 gaming.