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Ulster 36th Division
Retired [R] Chaos Renegade


Chieftain:
Winston Churchill

Head Coach:
Sir Edward Carson

Race:
Chaos Renegades

Team Colours:
Orange and Purple


36th Ulster Division, Somme
Thiepval, as a battle memorial, commemorates the 1916 Anglo-French offensive on the Somme. It pays tribute and respect for those who died where it stands (90% of commemorations 1 July – 13 November 1916) and is the biggest British war memorial to the missing of The Western Front, both in physical size and the numbers it commemorates (more than 73,000). It was built in the late 1920s to early 1930s.

The 36th Ulster Division's sector of the Somme lay astride the marshy valley of the river Ancre and the higher ground south of the river. Their task was to cross the ridge and take the German second line near Grandcourt. In their path lay not only the German front line, but just beyond it, the intermediate line within which was the Schwaben Redoubt.

To their left flank was the 29th Division, which included the Newfoundlanders. For them in less than half an hour it was all over; 801 men went into action and on the unwounded name call next day, only 68 answered.

To their right flank was the 32nd Division, including the Grimsby Chums. Prior to the attack at 07:28 a large mine was exploded beneath the German line; the Chums would then attack at 07:30. Unknown to them, the mine was short of the German position. During the 2-minute gap between explosion and whistle, the Germans set up their machine guns, probably in the new bunker which would give them a second defence. The attack did not last long; their task was to take the fortress village of Thiepval.

The First Day of the Somme was the anniversary (Julian Calendar) of the Battle of the Boyne, a fact remarked on by the leaders of the Division. Stories that some men went over the top wearing orange sashes are, however,sometimes thought to be myths.

"There was many who went over the top at the Somme who were Ulstermen, at least one, Sergeant Samuel Kelly of 9th Inniskillings wearing his Ulster Sash, while others wore orange ribbons"

When some of his men wavered, one Company commander from the West Belfasts, Maj. George Gaffikin, took off his Orange Sash, held it high for his men to see and roared the traditional war-cry of the battle of the Boyne; " Come on, boys! No surrender!"

On 1 July, following the preliminary bombardment, the Ulstermen quickly took the German front line. But intelligence was so poor that, with the rest of the division attacking under creep bombardment (artillery fired in front or over men; they advance as it moves), the Ulstermen would have come under attack from their own bombardment at the German first line.

But they still advanced, moving to the crest so rapidly that the Germans had no time to come up from their dugouts (generally 30–40 feet below ground). In the Schwaben Redoubt, which was also taken, so successful was the advance that by 10:00 some had reached the German second line. But again they came under their own barrage, not due to finish until 10:10. However, this successful penetration had to be given up before nightfall, as it was unmatched by those at its flanks. The Ulstermen were exposed in a narrow salient, open to attack on three sides. They were running out of ammunition and supplies, and a full German counter-attack at 22:00 forced them to withdraw, giving up virtually all they gained.

The Ulstermen had gained an advantage on the day of battle by not sticking to the rigid orders issued. Both the German and British generals considered the men of the New Army/Kitcheners Men as insufficiently trained in the skills of warfare. Consequently, the battle tactics they were ordered to follow by commanders was more strict and regimented than those of regular army. But the Ulstermen advanced during the bombardment by pushing forward small trenches the depth of a man, then cutting the barbed wire which was 30 inches in depth and height in places (before bombardment). So when the bombardment stopped at 07:28/07:30 the Ulstermen attacked quickly. These Ulstermen were also here by choice. Kitchener asked Sir Edward Carson for some of the already armed men of the Ulster Division. He hoped for a Brigade (4x battalions), he got in Volunteers, a Division (3x Brigade). Thiepval was not to fall until late September; the Schwaben Redoubt fell in mid-October. The battle ended in mid-November. The Allies advanced 8 km and the British suffered 420,000 casualties, the French 195,000, and the Germans 650,000. The only success was relieving the French at Verdun. On the first day of battle, the British suffered 57,740 casualties, of which 19,240 were dead (the largest single loss). 60% of the officers involved were killed.

QUOTES

I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st. July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world. My pen cannot describe adequately the hundreds of heroic acts that I witnessed... The Ulster Volunteer Force, from which the division was made, has won a name which equals any in history. Their devotion deserves the gratitude of the British Empire.

— Wilfred Spender

The Ulster Division has lost more than half the men who attacked and, in doing so, has sacrificed itself for the Empire which has treated them none too well. Their devotion, which no doubt has helped the advance elsewhere, deserved the gratitude of the British Empire. It is due to the memory of these brave fellows that their beloved Province shall be fairly treated.

— Wilfred Spender

The record of the Thirty-Sixth Division will ever be the pride of Ulster. At Theipval in the battle of the Somme on July 1st 1916; at Wytschaete on June 17th,1917, in the storming of the Messines Ridge; on the Canal du Nord, in the attack on the Hindenburg Line of November 20th same year; on March 21, 1918, near Fontaine-les-Clercs, defending their positions long after they were isolated and surrounded by the enemy; and later in the month at Andechy in the days of 'backs to the wall', they acquired a reputation for conduct and devotion deathless in military history of the United Kingdom, and repeatedly signalised in the despatches of the Commander-in-Chief.

— Winston Churchill

I recall the deeds of the 36th (Ulster) Division, which have more than fulfilled the high opinion formed by me on inspecting that force on the eve of its departure for the front. Throughout the long years of struggle, which now so gloriously ended, the men of Ulster have proved how nobly they fight and die ....

— King George V

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# Name Position Ma St Ag Av Skills Inj G Cp Td It Cs vp Sp Cost  
1 Sir Edward CarsonMinotaur5528Loner, Frenzy, Horns, Mighty Blow, Thick Skull, Wild Animal, Juggernaut, Stand Firm 1200014028150k (150+40k) 
2 Major-General Oliver NugentOgre5528Loner, Bone-head, Mighty Blow, Thick Skull, Throw Team-Mate, Break Tackle, Claw-av110004323140k (140+50k) 
3 Sergeant Samuel KellyTroll4519Loner, Always Hungry, Mighty Blow, Really Stupid, Regeneration, Throw Team-Mate, Guard, Stand Firm 120003321110k (110+40k) 
4 Major George GaffikinRenegade Dark Elf Lineman6448Animosity, Leader, Dodge, +STn11080113170k (70+100k) 
5 Captain Eric Norman Frankla...Renegade Skaven Lineman7337Animosity, Dodge, Block 10020222050k (50+50k) 
6 2nd Lieutenant James Samuel...Renegade Goblin6237Animosity, Dodge, Right Stuff, Stunty 400000040k (40+0k) 
8 Fusilier Norman HarveyRenegade Human Lineman6337Block-av1100011750k (50+20k) 
9 Second Lieutenant Edmund De...Renegade Human Lineman6338  500000050k (50+0k) 
10 Rifleman William Frederick ...Renegade Human Lineman6338  100000050k (50+0k) 
11 Rifleman Robert QuiggRenegade Human Lineman6338Dodge 1202000650k (50+30k) 
12 Lieutenant Geoffrey CatherRenegade Human Lineman6338Block 502000650k (50+20k) 
13 Private Robert MorrowRenegade Orc Lineman5339Animosity 1000010250k (50+0k) 
14 Lieutenant Geoffrey CatherRenegade Human Lineman6338  200000050k (50+0k) 
13 players  
Coach: Valen Re-Rolls (140k): 3  
Race: Chaos Renegade Fan Factor: 6  
Team Value: 1580k (±300) Assistant Coaches: 0  
Treasury: 50000 Cheerleaders: 0  
Tournament Weight: 1580k Apothecary: Yes  

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