Narvik: Allied Turn 4 (April 20 – 23, 1940)
After the fall of Oslo, the Allies are scrambling to find a haven, a stronghold where they can hold the Germans off. That stronghold looks to be Trondheim.
More Norwegian troops mobilize for the fight, but they assemble at Mobilization Center 3, another center under German control, and two battalions are captured.
Norwegian Groups Mork and Ostbye hike through the mountains to take up a position overlooking Haugesund. The Norwegian 3rd Brigade abandons Evje and marches towards the mountain pass to attempt to hold off the Germans and defend Haugesund.
The British 24th Guards and 148th infantry brigades continue to shadow the German 159th regiment, but are nearing the end of their tether. There is not further they can go and stay in supply.
In the central front, the Norwegian trucks headed for Trondheim make an abrupt turn and head to Andalsnes instead, to assist with transporting British units to Trondheim. The British 15th Brigade has landed in Andalsnes, but has not established a supply base. The reason for this is that they are going to move to Trondheim, but it was stacked to capacity, because I hadn’t moved the Norwegians out yet. I know I could have overstacked, but I always feel like I’m cheating when I do that.
The Norwegian 5th Brigade and 3rd light armor battalion moves to the Trondheim airfield to protect it as bombers from Hatston Field arrive at the airfield.
Is it wise to split these forces? Considering that there isn’t room for them, and the 15th Brigade will be moving by rail to Trondheim the next turn, the Norwegians have to go somewhere. The Trondheim airfield isn’t easy to get to, being on the north side of the mountains. If the Germans don’t go through Trondheim to get there, they must cross the mountains, taking more time.
However, though it isn’t reflected in the photo, British Marines in Trondheim are moving south to the rail junction to block the Germans from railing into Trondheim. I don’t think the Germans can make it next turn, but better to prevent it than take it for granted.
By not establishing a supply base in Andalsnes, the British have a spare, actually, two spare supply depots as the one for the 148th brigade was also left behind because two brigades landed in Bergen.
The French 5th Mountain Infantry Brigade moves south from Tromso towards Narvik. The Allies now have 2 brigades and a regiment in the Narvik area to exert pressure on the Germans. The question becomes, how much pressure can they exert?
The question for the Germans is, do they consolidate in Narvik, leaving the naval unit to fend for itself? Do they retreat to the mountains, because of the die roll modifier?
The mountains as an option is out, because the Allies have enough mountain troops to override the die roll modifier. If they retreat to Narvik, the loss of the naval unit (assuming it is lost) gives the Allies 8 victory points. If they stand pat, they could be destroyed one at a time.