The Battle For Vlissingen

Battle Report

Battle Statistics

  • 4 players
  • 1500 pts per player, total of 6000 pts on table
  • 2 Armoured Core forces
  • 2 Naval Core forces
  • Board size: 96” x 48”
  • Battle length: approximately six hours

The Narrative

“In the early days of spring 1873 both the Kingdom of Britannia and the Prussian Empire prepared to do battle once more in northern Europe. After the events of what came to be known as the Storm of Steel in 1871 the year of 1872 was characterised by a war of attrition between mainly British and Prussian forces in the Zeeland territories, culminating in the destruction of the Army of Flanders and the evacuation of British forces from the Low Countries. To the south, the Republique of France preferred to consolidate its holdings, still having a sour taste of its experiences with the Protectorate of Belgium.”

“Having fought for two years in the Dutch countries, the Prussian High Command evaluated battle performance of the Prussian armoured forces. Much of the Prussian heavy armour proved ineffective on the rich clay soil of Zeeland, losing their impetus due to the soft ground. Also, the reduced profile of the A9-V Sturmpanzer Landship was less of a boon than normal in the exceptionally flat landscape where the taller Britannian and Flemish landships could see unobstructed for miles around.”

“Over the course of 1872 Field-Marshall Kohl succesfully requisitioned the presence of additional forces from the Teutonic Order. He was supported in this by General Sturm, famed court favourite known for the audacious London Raid. In addition to Field-Marshall Kohl received news that he was to support Teutonic field tests of a new terror weapon. The terrain in Zeeland was deemed an excellent testcase for unconvential armour to prove superior mobility and flexibility. Field tests were required as well to evaluate amphibious capabilities of the new weapon, which the shallow “

“The Kingdom of Britannia had initially profited greatly from the presence of Russian Coalition forces during the Storm of Steel. The Russian expedition proved to be an invaluable asset to the British war effort during the defense of the British mainland in 1871, and so it came as a bit of a blow to local morale when the Russian expeditionary forces were eventually retasked to support the Tsar’s war efforts. Matters were worsened when the Army of Flanders was destroyed in 1872 and the British forces were driven out of Belgium and the Dutch countries. The withdrawal was not a complete loss though as most forces managed to escape safely as the Prussian forces were contending with the soggy landscape.”

“Exploring their options, the British High Command eventually approached the Federated States of America for assistance. This was more for political reasons than logistics, as the Americans and the Russians still had a strained relationship after the Bering Incident. With the Russian taskforce in the British homelands, support from the Americans was nigh unthinkable. However, with the Russians gone the Americans would be able to bond with the British forces as a show of mutual trust and respect, at the same time sending a message to the Russians of the nature of the Grand Coalition.”

“The FSA upper echelons accepted the invitation for a taskforce, and decided that the temperate weather conditions in Northern Europe would be ideal to gain experience in such conditions. Moreover, most of the conflicts the Americans participated in were in fair weather conditions, and the Hooke’s Reach Incident had demonstrated to High Command the need for experience with multiple theaters of operation. To that end, the FSA created a multipurpose taskforce capable of both defense and offense in equal measure. As a sign of good will to the Kingdom of Britannia the FSA also attached one of their experimental skimming dreadnoughts, an immense robot equipped with rapid-firing naval-grade ordnance weaponry.”

“In the beginning of 1873 the Kingdom of Britannia mounted an amphibious assault on Vlissingen. The objective for this operation was two-fold: to re-establish a beachhead in the Zeeland territories and to destroy or cripple Prussian operations in the area. The American expedition volunteered to make landfall under the cover of the experimental Restitution dreadnought robot, confident in their ability to disrupt Prussian troop concentrations. The British fleet would provide long range covering fire and would secure the waters, including some industrial rigs that were constructed outside of Vlissingen.”

“The Prussians had detected a build-up in British fleet dispositions near the Dutch territories. Unable to redirect Iron Fleets from their defensive perimeters, the Prussians instead enlisted the Danish SØværnet to shore up the Dutch defenses. The Danish held a grudge against the British and relished the opportunity to prove their shallow waters superiority. Operations immediately began to reinforce the perimeter around Vlissingen with carefully distributed mines. Robotic forces were assigned to bolster several bulwarks on the coast, with the Hochmeister experimental dreadnought robot based near Middelburg. When the first signs of movement towards Vlissingen were detected, the Hochmeister made haste towards the Vlissinger lines. Little did either command know of the presence of not one but two experimental weapons, or the confrontation of the dreadnought robots that was to follow.”

The Table

Overview

Vlissingen

The Battle For Vlissingen: Deployment