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Ur Alba War
Beginning:

23rd April 2011

End:

8th May 2011

Place:

Ur Alba, pre-DD Scotland

Outcome:

Total Defeat of Ur Alba

Combatants

Flag of ScotlandUr Alba

Flag BerthelierIntercelticCeltic Alliance

Cleveland flagCleveland

Northumberland flagNorthumbria

Isle of Wight Council FlagSouthern England

Commanders

Chairman Macinitre

General MacDonald

Various Allied commanders

Strength

30,000+

9500

Casualties and Losses
  • Ur Alba - 2187
  • Celtic Alliance - 832
  • Royal Cleveland Territorial Army - 27
  • Northumbrian regulars/ Rheged Militia - 34
  • Southern English Navy - 15
  • Scottish Civilians - 197

During late April 2011 and early May 2011 the nation of Ur Alba tried to take the land around the Celtic Alliance port town of Stranraer, this lead to the Ur Alba war where Ur Alba was attacked by the Celtic Alliance, Southern England, Kingdom of Cleveland and Kingdom of Northumbria

The Ur Alba military and government was effectively destroyed by the war.

WAR

23rd April 2011

The leaders of the township of Stranraer have sent a message to the Chamberhouse in Peebles. It categorically refuses to hold a referendum on leaving the Celtic Alliance and becoming part of Ur Alba, it also states that any attempt to force Stranrear or any Celtic Alliance territory to join Ur Alba will be met by a vastly superior military force from the Celtic Alliance.

Chairman Macintire sends a message back saying that their refusal is 'unfortunate' and that the government and military of Ur Alba have taken it upon themselves to return all Scottish territory to Scottish Governance.

Late on the 23rd of April two heavily armed fishing vessels flying the Ur Alba flag take up station within sight of the port of Stranraer.

24th April 2011

At 10am a Celtic Alliance merchant vessel attempts to enter Stranraer harbour, after repeated warnings from the Ur Alba vessels blockading the port, including the firing of warning shots across the CA vessels bow it continues towards the port. The merchant vessel is then purposely rammed by one of the Ur Alba armed fishing vessels, it suffers serious damage and turns to return to it's home port of Douglas on the Isle of Mann.

The Ur Alba vessel is also severely damaged and sinks shortly after 1pm. By late afternoon three more armed fishing vessels of the Ur Alba navy have taken up station off the coastline.

26th April 2011

Two armed merchant vessels from the Celtic Alliance approached the port of Stranraer at 11am, weapons fire from the Ur Alba armed fishing vessels was matched with weapons fire from the Celtic vessels. One Ur Alba vessel was sunk and another damaged, the Celtic vessels were slightly damaged but made their way into the port.

At 3pm two Celtic Alliance Destroyers appeared off the coast (CNDF Dublin and CNDF Wexford) they take up position near the port of Stranraer. They are expected to assist the disembarkation of the two merchant vessels currently in port early on the 27th of April.

27th April 2011

The two armed merchant vessels leave the port of Stranraer, they take heavy fire from the Ur Alba Navy. One is rammed by an Ur Alba fishing vessel causing severe damage to the hull of the merchant vessel and some flooding, causing the deaths of men aboard. The Celtic Alliance destroyer CNDF Dublin fires upon the Ur Alba Navy after a stray bullet strikes the bridge. It fires two anti-shipping missiles, one hits one of the armed fishing vessels broadside at the water level, blowing the vessel into two, it sinks within minutes, killing all on board.

In a surprise to the Celtic destroyers, the Ur Alba navy returns fire with their own anti-shipping missiles which were appeared to based on the Exocet missile. Four missiles were launched, one from each remaining vessel, three miss however one strikes the CNDF Wexford between deck one and deck two, roughly midships, it exploded killing 27 men outright and causes a major fire on board. CNDF Dublin fires missiles on the remaining Ur Alba vessels, sinking another one and causing the remainder of Ur Alba fleet to scatter. It then moves in to assist the CNDF Wexford.

It takes all injured and non-essential staff off the CNDF Wexford and sends its own fire crews aboard to assist in the fire fighting. Both vessels retreat to a safe distance under their own power. It takes 5 hours to put the fire out on the CNDF Wexford.

In total 34 Celtic sailors, 7 men on the rammed merchant vessel, and 54 Ur Alba sailors die in the attacks. A further 44 sailors of all nationalities are injured.

28th April 2011

Reports have begun to arrive in the Chamberhouse that the Celtic Alliance are massing troops,planes, ships and landing craft along the Ulster coastline, particularly the port of Larne which is only 30 miles from the Celtic port of Stranraer.

In response Ur Alba troops have advanced into Celtic Alliance territory and taken up positions on the high ground to the east overlooking the port near the Luce River, they are within mortar range of the port itself.

29th April 2011

At 6am three landing craft land at the former Wigtownshire golf club on the south coast, they carry 500 men from the Celtic Alliance Special Forces, with 5 Abbot self propelled guns. They make their way to Stranraer to bolster the military there.

At 12 noon two CA Frigates begin the bombardment of the high ground where the Ur Alba troops are based, they bombard the high ground for two hours before switching to bombarding the former A75, A710, A711 and A712 roads that run from the Macintire wall through the MacDonald wall to the front line. There plans are to cut off the supply lines to the Ur Alba troops.

29th-30th April 2011

During the night of the 29th and into the early morning of the 30th April the Celtic Alliance lands a further 2000 troops on the beaches around Stranraer territory, they also bring more self propelled guns, tanks and other military vehicles.

At daybreak CA military jets begin bombing Ur Alba positions on the high ground to the east of Stranraer, Ur Alba troops defend themselves using anti-aircraft guns and surface to air missiles, two CA jets are shot down during the morning, one pilot is killed and another bails out over unfriendly territory, his condition is currently unknown.

Ur Alba troops began the bombardment of the port town of Stranraer at 10am using mobile artillery and mortars. CA troops in the town have returned fire.

At 1pm, five armed fishing vessels of the Ur Alba Navy appear to the north of Stranraer territory, two CA frigates and 1 CA destroyer moved north to intercept them, they attack at long range so that the Ur Alba vessels cannot return fire, three Ur Alba vessels are seriously damaged and one sinks, the surviving vessels retreat to the port of Ayr, two frigates follow them and blockade the port to stop them returning to sea.

1st May 2011

At daybreak four landing craft landed near the Ur Alba port of Ayr, two land at the former Prestwick golf club another two land on the north side of the mouth of the River Doon, in total they land 500 troops, they quickly move to take the port to stop attacks by the Ur Alba Navy.

By 10am the CA troops had taken the south side of the River Ayr and in the north they had moved to with 500 metres of the port itself, the Celtic troops have been helped by a large number of local population who were loyal to the Celtic Alliance.

The Ur Alba troops based in the port put up a strong resistance, but there were only estimated to be 200 Ur Alba men in the port facility.

At approximately 12.30pm the port facility at Ayr fell to the Celtic Alliance, the surviving 129 Ur Alba troops were captured and taken to a facility for prisoners of war on the Isle of Mann.

Fatalities are 37 Celtic troops killed, 58 injured and 116 Ur Alba troops killed, 43 injured, 129 captured.


5000+ Troops have begun moving south and east from Glasgow, quickly taking land from the Ur Alba reserve troops. Rumours around the Celtic Alliance say that there are plans to take Peebles by the end of May.

2nd May 2011

During the morning of the 2nd May Celtic Alliance troops begin landing in the newly captured port of Ayr, 1200 troops land and 500 troops begin moving south along the coast towards the MacDonald Wall destroying abandoned Ur Alba military facilities as they travel, by the evening of the 2nd they have reached the town of Given at the north end of the MacDonald wall.

Another 500 men begin travelling along the northern section of the Macintire wall destroying the wall as they went, by nightfall they had reached the ruins of the town of Dalmellington.

Around the port of Stranrear the Celtic troops have begun to push the Ur Alba troops from the high ground overlooking Stranraer, the high ground of Balmurrie, Drumphail and Carscreugh have been cleared or significantly cleared with the Ur Alba troops retreating to the ruined town of Newton Stewart. However the high ground of Knock Fell and Beneraird has significant numbers of Ur Alba troops heavily dug in.

With the main part of the Ur Alba troops massing in the ruins of Newton Stewart the CA air force has begun bombing raids on the military base there.

At 2pm five landing craft land 1500 troops at Blackshaw, south of the Ur Alba city of Dumfries. They set up a base at the mouth of the River Nith.

3rd May 2011

The high ground of Drumphail was finally cleared of Ur Alba troop at 11am, the high ground of Knockfell was attacked by CA ground forces at daybreak after being bombarded by the CA navy all night. Resistance was strong and the land had been heavily mined but Knockfell fall cleared by 6pm with the loss of 129 CA troops and 300+ Ur Alba troops, another 121 Ur Alba troops were captured and removed to the POW camp on the Isle of Mann.

With the fall of Knockfell the CA troops moved quickly so that by nightfall CA troops were within range of the west of Newton Stewart, which had been bombarded all night from the CA Air Force, although there were sporadic mortar attacks from the town the CA troop dug in for the night as the mortars were not aimed well and appeared to be being fired blind.

During the early morning the 1500 CA troops at Blackshaw came under attack from Ur Alba troops protecting Dumfries, the CA troops successfully repulsed four separate attacks during the day with no loss of life on the CA side.

In the north CA troops continued along the Macintire wall, destroying it as they went, during the day they has sparse, sporadic resistance and suffered no injuries or losses and had reached the abandoned town of Ironmacannie.

Troops moving along the MacDonald wall took heavier fighting particularly where the Galloway Forest reached the east side of the defensive wall, the CA lost nearly 50 men in the fighting but by nightfall the troops had reached the banks of the River Cree, they set up their night base in a large selection of farm buildings just north of Newton Stewart.

In the north 3000 men have continued their way southwards along the old A74 when they reached the town of Beattock 2000 men continued along the A74 towards the town of Lockerbie the 1000 others moved down the old A701 towards the north of the town of Dumfries.

During the day 300 more CA troops landed at the town of Creetown on the east bank of the mouth of the River Cree, they set up base in the town. It is expected that the Ur Alba military base at Newton Stewart will be attacked in the next few days as the CA now has troops bases at its north, south and west.

Also during the day a selection of Rheged Militia, Northumbrian and Cleveland army troops broke across the southern border of Ur Alba with the Rheged Militia and a contingent of Northumbria troops moving towards the lightly defended west Ur Alba town of Annan while in the east a division of the Royal Cleveland Territorial Army and a contingent of Northumbrian Army moved to attack the more heavily defended town of Kelso.

4th May 2011

The Rheged Militia and Northumbrian army took the Ur Alba port town of Annan with very light resistance by 2pm, the Ur Alba army had withdrawn towards the town of Lockerbie before the attack occurred.

In the east the town of Kelso put up a heavier resistance it was only after the 1st brigade of the Green Howards TA broke into the the centre of the town at 2pm that the Ur Alba troops began a strategic withdrawal to the towns of Melrose and Selkirk protecting the road to the Ur Alba capital Peebles, they also retreated from the border town of Coldstream and the towns of Jedburgh and Hawick all three of which have now been taken by the Northumbrian army with the assistance of 2nd brigade of the Green Howards. All forward Northumbrian army and Royal Cleveland Territorial Army troops have taken up station in Galashiels, within one days march of the Ur Alba capital Peebles.

In the west the expected attack on the Ur Alba military town of Newton Stewart began just before daybreak with a sustained bombardment from the CA Navy and Air force and mortar and heavy artillery attack from the CA infantry the attack was lead from the south from the division based in Creetown as they moved northwards and cut off all the only road to be used as an escape point by the Ur Alba military then at 10am the main attack occurs and after heavy fighting, much of it street to street and even building to building the town was taken by CA troops at 5pm, they had suffered heavy losses with 297 CA troops killed and another 218 injured, the Ur Alba army suffered much heavier casualties, mainly from the overnight bombardment total killed for the Ur Alba army was 491 dead, 252 injured and 371 captured. the captured Military were taken to the POW camp on the Isle of Mann.

After taking the town 1500 CA troops began moving eastwards along the old A712 towards the city of Dumfries. BY nightfall they had reached the Clatteringshaw Loch where they set up base for the night. The troops that had been moving down the Macintire wall have turned east and are heading towards the Ur Alba city of Dumfries

In Cleveland HMS Tees has had her sea trials cut short and has docked in Hartlepool to resupply and receive her final armaments, she is expected to join with the Southern English Navy as the steam northwards toward the Ur Alba North Sea ports tomorrow.

Currently the only towns under Ur Alba control are Dumfries, Lockerbie, which are becoming isolated in the north and Celtic sources believe they will fall in the next two days. Peebles, the capital city, Edinburgh, which only has a small contingent of army, and the ports along the North Sea coast particularly Dunbar, North Berwick and Eyemouth.

Fatalities, injured and captured totals (to the end of the 4th of May) are:

  • Celtic Alliance: Dead - 557, Injured - 320, Captured (MIA) - 1
  • Ur Alba: Dead -1127 , Injured - 391 , Captured (MIA) - 553
  • RCTA: Dead - 1, Injured - 27, Captured - 0
  • Northumbrian Army: Dead - 4, Injured 12, Captured - 0
  • Rheged Militia: Dead - 1, Injured 9, Captured - 0

Total dead - 1690 and injured - 759.

5th May 2010

At 8am the government of the Celtic Alliance has contacted the Chamberhouse in Peebles and asked for the Ur Alba military to surrender unconditionally, if that occurs then the allies military will not attack the heavily populated towns of Dumfries, Lockerbie and Peebles.

The Ur Alba chamberhouse has responded at 10am by saying that The people of Ur Alba will never surrender to the imperialistic and hostile invaders that have attack our lands. The Ur Alba people will fight to the last man and the last bullet

After this message was received by the Celtic Alliance, CA troops moved to surround the town of Dumfries, it was fully surrounded by 6pm and the bombardment began shortly after 7pm, the CA Air Force has begun to bomb obvious military targets while the CA Navy has begun bombardment of the town centre.

During the day allied troops also surrounded the town of Lockerbie, however the local civilian population surrendered to the Celtic troops at 5pm rather than be attacked, the civilians had attacked the Ur Alba troops based in the town shortly after the Chamberhouse message.

In the North Sea the SE navy accompanied by the Cleveland battleship HMS Tees has arrived off the Ur Alba coast, they have begun blockading the ports of Eyemouth (Where HMS Tees has been sent), North Berwick and Dunbar

6th May 2011

At daybreak the attack began on the Ur Alba town of Dumfries, the resistance from the town was extremely heavy and the fight continued for the remainder of the day, by 5pm the majority of the town had fell to the allied troops with only a small area on the east bank of the River Cree around the St George's church.

The battle continued until 7pm when approximately 50 Ur Alba troops charged the allied lines, they were shot down before they could reach the forward allied lines, the remaining 60 men inside the church surrendered shortly afterwards and have been transported to the POW camp on the Isle of Mann.

Casualties for the day were very high

  • Celtic Alliance: Dead - 197, injured - 72
  • Northumbrian Army: Dead - 5, injured - 17
  • Rheged Militia: Dead - 7, injured - 22
  • Ur Alba: Dead - 372, injured - 87, captured - 72

7th May 2011

After the attacks on the town of Dumfries the allied troops have begun to move towards the Ur Alba capital city of Peebles, the Celtic Alliance has once again given their final warning to the Chamberhouse to unconditionally surrender or face a military attack. There has been no reply.

By 2pm the allied troops had set up positions around Peebles. The CA Air Force drops leaflets over the city telling all civilians to get out of the city overnight as bombardment and attack will occur tomorrow.

total troops around Peebles are:

  • Celtic Alliance - 2500
  • RCTA - 700
  • Northumbrian Army - 300
  • Rheged Militia - 200

There are an estimated 3000 Ur Alba troops in Peebles itself.

8th May 2011

During the night roughly 2500 civilians evacuated Peebles with the allied troops giving safe passage to women and children, all men were searched and anyone showing allegiance to the Ur Alba military or the Chamberhouse were taken into custody and taken to a camp near the Northumbrian town of Carlisle.

At 10am the bombardment of the capital city of Peebles begins, the CA Air Force begins by dropping bombs on the main bridge across the River Tweed in the city centre, effectively cutting the city in half and by destroying Venlaw Castle, the seat of the Chamberhouse. The allied troops begin by firing mortars and heavy artillery into the west and south of the city. Celtic Alliance troops advance quickly from the west across the former Golf club land and with 100 troop moving across the north of the city, taking up position on the high ground above the city. They begin mortaring the city centre.

At 10:30am the Ur Alba troops begin their attack along the Edinburgh Road dividing the troops on the high ground the east from the main CA troops, they then begin the attack on the CA troops on the high ground, however due to the steepness of the ground and the defending CA troop the Ur Alba troops take heavy casualties and by 11:20am they withdraw back to the city centre.

In the south RCTA and Northumbrian army troops with the assistance of the CA Air Force attack the south of the city beginning at 11am, the majority of the south falls quickly, however there are two areas of stiff resistance, one between the destroyed main bridge and the main weir across the river and another near a small footbridge in the west of the city. It takes nearly an hour for the footbridge to fall and another two hours for the main bridge to fall. Casualties on both sides are heavy with 150 allied troops and over 200 Ur Alba troops dying and many more being injured. Once the south of the city had fallen to the allies they begin to make their way the footbridge and across the River Tweed at the weir at 12pm, at 12.15pm the footbridge that the allied troops are using explodes killing nearly 50 allied troops, the bridge appeared to have been booby trapped by the Ur Alba troops before they fell.

In the north and west CA troops were slowly advancing across the city heading for the city centre, once they had crossed the main graveyard for the city the fighting became street to street, building to building, bolstered by the RCTA and Northumbrian troops coming across the River Tweed they advance more quickly and they take the 'old town' at 2pm. There are several Ur Alba attacks during the day, mainly they are weak and ineffective however at 3.40pm there is a major attack from the east, 300 Ur Alba troops attack down the main High Street, they fight well but the majority of them are killed within the first few minutes of the attack, by 4pm the attack had faltered and the Ur Alba troop withdraw to the far end of the High Street.

At 4:15 the Ur Alba navy made one last attempt to break the SE blockade. Heavily armed merchant trawlers made an attack on the RNV Isle of Wight and RNV East Sussex with a pair of Exocet missiles. One struck the Sussex on its side skirts which crippled the ship and killed sixteen people. The Isle of Wight stuck back hard with fire from its 10' guns. This destroyed three of the Ur Alban vessels while the other two attempted to fight back with machine gun fire until the Wight reloaded its main guns and crippled the other two ships allowing them and their captains to be captured.

By 4:30pm all Ur Alba troops west of a small river known as the Cuddy (otherwise known as the Eddleston Water) have been defeated and only the area north of the Tweed and east of the Cuddy. By 5pm CA troops had begun attacking the city from the north along the Edinburgh Road and along the main High Street and a battalion of 300 men from the RCTA have crossed the Tweed to the east of the city and are attacking along the Innerleithen Road back towards the city centre.

At 7pm 500 Ur Alba troops slowly appear on Eastgate waving white flags. They approach the CA troops and ask to surrender. They carry a handwritten letter signed by Chairman Macintire and four other members of the Chamberhouse declaring an unconditional surrender of all Ur Alba military to the allies.

By 8pm all Ur Alba troops have surrendered to the allies, members of the RCTA enter the old Peebles Community Centre on Walkers Haugh in the east of the city and find Chairman Macintire. He is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Alongside him are General MacDonald, the head of the Ur Alba Army and three other unidentified people assumed to be members of the Chamberhouse.

After effects of war

The death toll for the war was high

  • Ur Alba - 2187
  • Celtic Alliance - 832
  • RCTA - 27
  • Northumbrian Army/Rheged Militia - 34
  • Scottish civilians - 197
  • Southern English Navy - 15

In addition 774 Ur Alba Troops were captured and taken to a POW camp outside Douglas, Isle of Mann.

After the war the Celtic Alliance signed an agreement with Northumbria, Cleveland and Southern England to help set up a democratic government in Scotland. They make the seat of government in Edinburgh.

There has been a decision that a group of Cleveish, Northumbrian, Celts and Southern English politicians and developers will lead the country until a true democratic Scottish government can be established

Also after the war the allied nations decided to divide up some of the land that Ur Alba had conquered in the past two years.

  • Celtic Alliance will get the Irish Sea coastline including the towns of Ayr and Dumfries and east to the former A76.
  • Northumbria will get a border with the Celtic Alliance along the southern section of the old A76 and also the towns of Lockerbie and Moffat, all land south of the A706 including the towns of Selkirk, Hawick, Melrose, Jedburgh, Kelso, Galashiels, Duns and Eyemouth on the North Sea coast.

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