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First day - the Preparatory bombardment - the opening day saw the arrival of elements of the People’s Navy from their Portsmouth base - with a large naval “battle group” forming off the town and its harbour. Whilst the larger capital ships engaged in counter battery work with the medium guns on the western side of the river the smaller monitors and gunboats worked on levelling the trenches and other defences on both sides of the harbour.
Attempts to mobilise the small naval forces available to the Government in the harbour itself see both naval vessels sunk - but at the cost of two People’s Navy vessels taken out by shore based counter battery fire. By the end of the day the land based gun positions have taken a heavy pounding and the gunners have abandoned them seeking refuge in the deeper fortifications available to them.
The second day opens in the early hours a Government freighter (or is it?) sneaking through the blockade. As it came alongside the dock the Government side were told to roll a D6 -on evens it is what it purports to be on odd numbers it is crammed with communist militia. A six was rolled! The freighter does not notice the commandos who have rowed in under cover of darkness and are lurking under the pier.
The attacking naval forces advance with the landing craft and block ship screened by two small gunboats and a monitor, the intention being to replicate a Zeebrugge raid of the Great War and giving the attackers the option of leaving the blockship in the harbour.
A beach landing is attempted from both the blockship and the Marines landing crafts - all aimed at the eastern side of the harbour enterance.The blockship hits the pier and successful blocks the harbour entrance to all but small vessels thanks to the Government navy’s inability to actually get it’s own ships out in time to stop the blockship reaching it’s destination! The sea borne landings are repulsed in a bloody and costly manner and the attackers do little material damage to the fort or harbour installations but the attackers mission is successful however as the freighter is sunk with its cargo and the 6" guns of the big gunboat destroy one of the two warehouses and its contents together with the Harbourmaster's office.
The third day saw a Government supply convoy attempting to reach the harbour and docks - escorted by armed vessels they offer a prize to all comers - certainly worth the attempt to capture rather than sink out of hand! Facing a number of problems - although the larger capital ships have withdrawn from the scene the People’s Navy are intent on denying the harbour to anyone and have maintained a small ship presence capable of intercepting convoys.
As the Government boats attempted to negotiate the somewhat difficult approach to the harbour - thanks to the number of half sunk vessels blocking navigation and with the grim realisation that only the pier is available to offload onto - they are assailed by boarding parties and very quickly their escort vessels are sunk and the convoy is either captured or sunk. A final (in ever sense) move of the day sees the People’s Navy leaving sea mines across the only navigable part of the harbour entrance.