Cardboard Wars

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Narvik: Allied Turn 2 (April 12 – 15, 1940)


Allied turn 2 - south Norway reinforcements (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 2 – south Norway reinforcements (click image to enlarge)

The Norwegians continue to concentrate on getting as many troops as they can into Oslo for its defense. Mobilization continues, and the British send two brigades.

Now, the German player starts to get it, but first things first.

Group HQs appear all around southern Norway as staff officers begin to gather their troops and organize. Over at MC 7, near Stavanger, four battalions are raised.

Group headquarters units are more or less, regimental headquarters, and are subordinate to brigade headquarters. Group HQs can absorb units up to the stacking limit, and the group HQs can, in turn, be absorbed by a brigade HQ.

Two group HQs are across the mountains from Lillehammer, and they move by rail to Trondheim to organize the city’s defenses.

Allied turn 2 - south Norway reinforcements (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 2 – south Norway reinforcements (click image to enlarge)

One group, Group Horth has gathered some infantry and light armor, and has been raised in the shadow of the German army.

The other two groups have made it to the mountains outside Evje, to await the newly mobilized battalions. The headquarters units begin to gather up their units before moving out to battle.

In addition to the mobilization to the west, the 3rd artillery battalion mobilizes in Trondheim, while the 1st and 2nd artillery battalions have been reorganized as infantry near Oslo, since the Germans captured their stores.

Any and all units near Oslo move past the Germans and into the city. The Norwegians have amassed 19 points of defense for the city, and for this game, an impressive total. Not unbeatable, but impressive.

The British 24th Guards and 148th infantry brigades, with only one supply depot and a battalion of Marines land at Bergen.

I hadn’t given the German attack out of Bergen a second thought when I made it. The intention was to start pushing down the valley towards Oslo. I left Bergen ungarrisoned, because I thought at the time that the British can’t land at a German controlled port.

When the reinforcements arrived, I decided to verify the rule. 

The Allies cannot make opposed landings, nor can they land at a port occupied by German troops.

There are no troops except for a few aircraft at the airfield. No opposed landing. I should have left a garrison, but didn’t.

Allied turn 2 - Trondheim (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 2 – Trondheim (click image to enlarge)

So, out of the six groups of aircraft there, four Me-110Cs, and two Ju-87Bs. Of these, one was caught on the ground, while the other five escaped. One Me-110C flew to the airfield outside Kristiansand where there was room for it.

The other four aircraft could not find an airfield within range. The rule specifically states that up to six aircraft counters may end a turn at an airfield.

As with all uncertainty, I just crashed them.

Five groups of aircraft lost. Five victory points for the Allies. Total Allied VP: 13.

The British also capture the trucks, since no one was guarding them.

Allied turn 2 - Narvik (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 2 – Narvik (click image to enlarge)

Since the next German turn hasn’t officially started, I should get the trucks the hell out of Oslo and send them to Trondheim, where I am sure another British brigade is going to land.

In the arctic, the 7th brigade is raised to garrison the Bardufoss airfield, and is reinforced with a mountain infantry battalion. Movement is slow in the arctic, and the battalion from Alta continues to march down the road as fast as they can.

That must have really sucked for them. I’m sure April was still pretty cold in the arctic. To be forced to march along like that must have been murder.

In typical fashion, the early Allied turns are a lot of movement, and not much combat as they try to get organized as quickly as possible.

 

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