ALFIES Q Branch present: The Liver Lobber


Members of the 33rd (Old Swan) TUC Company, Workers Army (‘the cygnets’) defending the Broadgreen front with a Liver Lobber

The Liver Lobber was a Liverpool Free State hand-held anti-tank weapon developed during the British Civil. The ‘Lobber was designed in late 1938 by the Quartermaster Branch of the Amalgamated Liverpool Free Intelligence and Espionage Service in response to their agents need for an effective infantry anti-tank weapon, and entered service in December 1939.

The Liver Lobber was based on the spigot mortar system, that launched a 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) bomb using a powerful spring and a cartridge on the tail of the projectile. It possessed an effective range of approximately 115 yards (110 m)[3] in a direct fire anti-tank role, and 350 yards (320 m)[3] in an indirect fire ‘house-breaking’ role. The PIAT had several advantages over other infantry anti-tank weapons of the period, which included a lack of muzzle smoke to reveal the position of the user, and an inexpensive barrel; however, this was countered by, amongst other things, a difficulty in cocking the weapon, the bruising the user received when firing it, and problems with its penetrative power.

                     ALFIES Q Branch stores of Liver Lobbers

The lobber was first used by ALFIES partisan teams attacking British Union of Fascist armoured narrow boats supporting a Government offensive down the Leeds=Liverpool Canal.

The design was widely copied by various Liverpool militias, single weapons being issued to platoons or companies. Different units have their ‘Lobbers made to different specifications by their backyard workshops with some units preferring wooden furniture, pressed metal and securing alternative projectiles (high explosive, white prosperous as well the usual armour piercing.)

The Bessie Braddock ‘Amazons’ All-Women’s Brigade went as far as to give several dozen weapons in dedicated ‘Dinner Lady’ platoons(a pun on ‘Liver’) in its support (3rd) battalion. By 1939 the weapon was paid the ultimate compliment captured examples and copies being used by BUF miltiias fighting on the government side.

Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tactical use of the Thompson SMG and Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)

As agents have taken delivery of these in the field some instructional cine films:

Tactical use of a Thompson SMG

& a BAR


Published in: on October 1, 2011 at 7:38 am  Leave a Comment  

ALFIES Agent’s Badge

For Internal Security Operations only, ALFIES Agents are issued with badges. these are accompanied bya  verifying warrant card and supporting warrant papers. The badge is in fact enamel and approximated 3 1/2 inches across. It is designed to be pinned in a wallet or on a  lapel, the agent number embossed on it stays with the agent for life and is then assigned to another agent. 

It features  the Liverpool Tricolour colours of red for labour (or socialisim), blue for the River (or Sea or the Merchnat Princes of the City) and green for the people (or Irish depending on who you talk to.)  The colours are not in  equal proportions which can be viewed as having politcal significance but as people can’t even agree what the colours stand for it would be a matter of some debate. 

The badge also features the liverbird as the heraldric symbol of Liverpool which faces left for male agents and right for female ones. This is after the tradition concerning  the two liverbird statues atop the Liver Building. The female looks out to the River looking for sailors coming home. While the male looks in at the City – to see if the pubs are open.

Published in: on February 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment