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You may recall a bulletin issued by the command centre at Molineux on 22 November 2010 which described the desperate plight of the chatelaine, Lady Wulfruna. Beset on all sides by legions of enemies and suffering damaging defeats against inferior forces, her army was in complete disarray. She looked doomed.

Even her camp-followers were becoming restless, querying the tactical acumen of Molineux`s military commander [MMc] and complaining about the poor quality of the troops. All hope centred on a relief column, but that was over a month`s march away and wouldn`t even set out if the castle`s governor refused to open the war chest to pay for the men.

Four months later the siege continues and her troops are still struggling to break out of the mire that surrounds Castle Molineux. However, Lady Wulfruna`s fortunes have improved a little, as her band of men have edged their way back from their former exposed position. While reinforcements did not arrive in any great number in January, two star Sandhurst cadets did manage to slip through the siege-lines: a gunner capable of lobbing cannonballs into the heart of the enemy camp and a mid-battlefield general.

Moreover, the discovery of tactical manuals, written by Field Marshal Cullis in the 1950s, which explained in large letters the fundamentals of attack and defence, had a galvanizing effect on the troops. Extra shooting practice helped too. Not only did the garrison begin to repel the probing attacks of the besiegers but at times its soldiers were able to sally forth and inflict defeats on their tormenters, occasionally at their own castles.

One soldier - trooper Jarvis - even joined the praetorian guard of England`s land forces in their upcoming attack on Wales and the defence of the capital against the Ghanaian invaders.

As the defenders of Molineux have grown in strength and confidence, the morale of the opposing forces has faltered, making them more vulnerable to a surprise attack. Numbers have melted away, looking for less well-defended fortresses elsewhere. As a result, three of the neighbouring castles have come under fire. Indeed, detachments from Molineux have made two sorties themselves: in one of them the troops overran the enemy and in the other they only narrowly failed to achieve outright victory.

At the same time key soldiers, injured in previous skirmishes, have recovered from their wounds and have returned to the field of battle. Captain Henry is once more directing operations from his redoubt in the middle. Troopers Kightly and Hunt will soon be outflanking the enemy from the wing, while foot soldiers, Mancienne and Guedioura, will be joining their platoon in the trenches.

If it weren`t for the injuries suffered by bombardiers Edwards and Zubar in action, the battle-hardened army would be up to full-strength. Confidence is therefore high in the camp and the troops are building up to the final offensive, scheduled to end on Saturday 14 May in time for a victory parade the following week.



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Writer:southbank60
Date:Wednesday March 23 2011
Time: 10:27PM

Comments

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Ghanaian ??? I think you will find Lord Southbank that the final offensive will be on May 22nd against the brigands of Blackburn no less!.
Crete Wolf
23/03/2011 22:36:00
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O'Hara has declared that the troops want to make the castle safe before the hordes from Blackburn descend on us.
Southbank60
23/03/2011 22:50:00
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CreteWolf, Lord Southbank does indeed forsee victory in the war on the 14th May, leaving the home legions 8 days to celebrate with the local vixens before the homecoming army puts on a showpiece vanquishing of those Blackburn hoards. May all our cups over-floweth.
DiabloWolf
23/03/2011 22:52:00
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Lord havoc- I may well have to dust down some of my old books to enage in talk of such a manner. Splendid delivery Mr. Banks. My cup spills with optimism on relative grounds.
New York City Wolf
24/03/2011 02:36:00
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Hehe, great article, thanks :) Southbank, you surely know a lot about history of Wolves, so I would like to ask two questions, maybe you can answer -1) Who were those "infamous Bhatti brothers" ? 2)I remember reading somewhere, that Stan Cullis invented some new tactics or what. I dont remember what was it, that he invented and cant find the article. Dont you know what could it have been ?
PanFiluta
24/03/2011 08:34:00
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PanFiluta: both periods you refer to are forever etched on my brain ... but for different reasons. In the late 1950s, watching from the South Bank, I saw Wolves dominate English football and, sitting in the stand with dad, I witnessed historic victories over Honved, Spartak and Real Madrid. Stan Cullis was famous for his route one long ball tactics. He described the ploy as 'fast, direct attack', executed by the fittest players in the league. Watching matches one felt confident that, should Wolves be in front, level or even a goal or two down at half-time, they would win. The Bhatti Brothers period, on the other hand, was one of unmitigated disaster. They bought the club in 1982 when the club was languishing in division two (current division three). That season the Wolves actually gained promotion ... but then the nightmare unfolded. Successive relegations saw the team dumped into division four, the club bankrupt and the stadium falling apart. Having wrecked the club, the brothers slunk off back to Saudi Arabia. We are lucky that we still have a team to support so bad was the BB era.
Southbank60
24/03/2011 09:09:00
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Thank you :)
PanFiluta
24/03/2011 10:20:00
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Have you thought about being an agony aunt Banksy?or agony Uncle,you could call yourself Lord Banksy of the Mid Lands!.
Crete Wolf
24/03/2011 11:47:00
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Well, it's certainly agony following the Wolves at the moment.
Southbank60
24/03/2011 12:01:00
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Lord Banksy of Mid Lands,Lord Emotional of the New York lands and Earl Akela of Molineux,they shall have their vengance,in this life or the next!Strength and Honour and Up the Wolves!!!
Crete Wolf
24/03/2011 12:49:00
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