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Battle of Lerwick
Part of Shetlands Conflict
Metz1944-1
Scottish troops move into the suburbs of Lerwick
Date July 13th-18th, 2224
Location Lerwick, Shetland Isles, Scotland
Result Decisive Scottish/Irish Victory
  • Occupation of Lerwick
Territorial
changes
Shetland Isles are annexed into the Scottish Republic
Combatants
Flag of Scotland (navy blue).svg Scottish Republic

Supported By:
U.S.R.I. Flag (1) New Republic of Ireland

52420-200 Communist Rebels

Supported By:
Irish Communist Party Flag Irish Communist Party

Commanders
Flag of Scotland (navy blue).svg Prime Minister Calum Creagach
Flag of Scotland (navy blue).svg Commander Artur MacCuinn
U.S.R.I. Flag (1) Almirante Oilleóg Ó Flannail
52420-200 First Secretary Iain Ruadh
52420-200 Commander Lucrais Lathurna
Irish Communist Party Flag Chairman Brión Mac Giolla
Strength
Flag of Scotland (navy blue).svg Scottish Military
  • 14th Battalion
  • 22nd Armored Division

Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg New Irish Republican Army

  • ARW unit insignia Army Ranger Wing
  • 3 ships
    • LÉ Eoin MacNeill
    • LÉ James Connolly
    • LÉ Eamon de Valera
  • 40 gunboats
  • Marine Regiment
    • 180 Infantry
52420-200 Communist Forces
  • 320 rebel fighters
  • 28 makeshift gunboats
  • 40 makeshift tanks

Irish Communist Party Flag Irish People's Liberation Army

  • 28 tanks and APCs
  • 84 volunteers
Casualties
Light
  • 48 soldiers killed
  • 24 Marines killed
  • 124 soldiers injured
  • 1 ship
    • LÉ Eamon de Valera
  • 8 gunboats
Heavy
  • 128 fighters killed
  • 68 fighters injured
  • 22 makeshift tanks
  • 28 makeshift gunboats
After the battle, communist rebels continued their fight in the far north portions of the Lerwick Isles, but it would only last six days before the remaining rebels finally chose to surrendered.
The Battle of Lerwick was the last major engagement and battle of the Shetland Conflict. It was a battle where the military of the Scottish Republic, with the support of the New Irish Republican Army, launched an assault against the communist stronghold in Lerwick after they finally punched through the city's defenses. The battle also saw the largest naval engagement and the most intense combat of the entire conflict as the communists fought in their last stand.

BackgroundEdit

Following the start of the Shetland Conflict, the city fo Lerwick was used as a stronghold by the Communist Rebels who declared the city the capital of the self-proclaimed Scottish People's Republic. Communist rebels established strong defenses around the city and used it as their stronghold and used artillery, mortor and makeshift tanks to protect the city while the rest of the insurgents battled the Scottish/Irish forces across the rest of the isle. By Mid-July of 2224, the communist rebels were on the run and began fleeing either up north to the far northern parts of the isle or to Lerwick to make their final stand against the Scottish Republic. After the southern parts of the Shetland Isles were secured and Lerwick was surrounded by Scottish/Irish forces, an amphibious and land invasion was planned out and on July 13th, the battle began.

Early Morning AssaultEdit

At 6:18 A.M on July 13th, Scottish artillery and armored divisions began to bomb communist positions in western Lerwick and began attacking defensive positions on the western portions of the city. Gun turrets and artillery positions were destroyed and many baracades and checkpoints were destroyed and left the western portions of the city open and exposed. Scottish troops later moved in and began charging forward while the rebel forces were still in disarray and were just trying to organize a counter-attack. Communist mortar round were used and makeshift tanks were also brought in and began attacking the Scottish troops in order to prevent them from advancing further. Scottish tanks were brought in and they were eventually confronted by communist tanks and makeshift APCs leading to a battle between the two armored divisions. The battle was initially a stalemate, but the Scottish eventually broke through and had ground troops enter into western Lerwick while they delt with the communist tanks and by the end of the day, the western subburbs were under siege. 

Irish Naval BombardmentEdit

On July 14th at 9:48 A.M., naval forces from the New Republic of Ireland had arrived to support the Scottish assault. The naval detachment of the NIRA consisted of three ships and forty gunboats and they blockaded the southeastern ports of Lerwick and began attacking communist positions on the city's port and even its square. The main rebel base was hit with Irish artillery rounds by NIRA cruisers causing the rebels to send out makeshift gunboats to deal with the naval assault team which left the rebels open to attack from the Scottish Republic army.

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