News: Manchester Falls To Royalist Troops

13th December 1988: In some of the bloodiest fighting of the civil war to date, Royalist army units managed to seize control of Manchester from Government forces.

Intense artillery bombardments and air strikes from rebel Royal Air Force units reduced much of the centre of the city to rubble before rebel troops engaged Republican units in the ruins of the city.

The operation to clear Manchester of Government troops was claimed to have only taken a week by the Royalist high command although sporadic skirmishes across Manchester continued well into 1990.

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