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1946 Hertford Rebellion (Hitler's World)

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1946 Hertford Rebellion
Ju 87D-1 An aircraft partaking in the assault on Hertford.
Beginning:

March 13, 1946

End:

March 19, 1946

Place:

Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Surrey.

Outcome:

A narrow UK resistance victory.

Major battles:

Guildford, Hertford, Dartford, Stevenage, Beaconsfield and Aylesbury.

Combatants

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom British Union Of Fascists
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
800px-Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Italy
Franceaxisworld Vichy France
Flag of Ireland Irish volenteers.

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom resistance
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 Free France
Flag of Czechoslovakia Free Czechoslovakia
Flag of Poland Free Poland
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) USSR
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick USA

Commanders

Flag of the United Kingdom Sir Oswald Mosley
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Reich-marshal Herman Göring
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Marshal Hermann Hoth

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom resistance Sir Winston Churchill
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom resistance Sir Hugh Downing
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom resistance Sir Billy Stainforth-Kitten
Flag of Czechoslovakia Edvard Beneš
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 General Charles De Gaulle

Strength

≈16,600.

≈15,850.

Casualties and Losses

≈8,500.

≈6,900.


Overview

What had been meant to be a local rebellion in Hertford, which aimed to kill the collaborationist mayor soon spread to nearby Stevenage, Beaconsfield and Aylesbury. Guildford would join in the revolt a day later. The Poles and Czechoslovaks had several fluent German speakers, who proved very handy on undercover and spy work. The locals soon took to rounding up the collaborators. While the Free French showed exceptional valour against the forces of the British union of Fascists in Hertford, Dartford and Stevenage, the Luftwaffe sent to work. Dive bombers pounded the rebel positions for 3 days in a row and a mixed detachment of German and Vichy French Parra troopers re-took Guilford after much heavy had to hand fighting with locals and members of the Free Polish forces. Trouble in Russia would lead to the Germans and Vichy French consolidating their gains and cutting of rather than defeating the other 3 towns by the evening of the 19th.

Causes of the conflict

The British people had a long and proud history as an independent island nation and had resented the initial annexation of the Isle of Wight ever since Operation Sea lion had been activated in 1940. The citizen's resolve was only stiffened by the 1943 coup by Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union Of Fascists in the English Midlands and London's east end. As Germany and its allies became bogged down in the USSR, the leader of the British resistance, Sir Winston Churchill, chose to strike back at the Mosley regime in the town of Hertford.

Tactics

The Germans manipulated the long standing UK-French rivalries so as to gain support among the Vichy French forces and discredit the Free French forces in the eyes of British Fascists. They also attempted and in some ways successful in manipulating the long history of rivalries with Scotland and England, they did this with creating independent English SS divisions, who in turn were used to garission Scottish cities and towns.

Result

A narrow UK resistance victory.

Political outcome

The UK would remained an independent nation until the December of 1947, and that most the territory north of Derby and the province of Northern Ireland would remain under rebel control for many years to come.

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