Narvik: Allied Turn 5 (April 24 – 27)
Things are beginning to unravel for the Allies. Two brigades based out of Bergen, the 24th Guards and 148th have had their supply terminal destroyed. They are now starting their first turn out of supply. While that does not impact them this turn, starting their next turn, their abilities are going to be severely hampered. The decision is made to recall them to Bergen, where the decision will have to be made whether to evacuate back to Great Britain, or to another port in hopes of finding some supply for them.
The Norwegians arrive in the mountain pass outside Haugesund. Third brigade is joined by Group Mork from MC7, while Group Ostbye to the south is joined by the 1st battalion of the 8th mountain infantry regiment and a motorcycle company. To secure the port, the French have landed the 27th mountain infantry regiment in Haugesund.
Three more battalions are raised at Mobilization Center 3 (near Oslo), and are immediately captured by the Germans.
The British 15th Brigade is railed into Trondheim, leaving the trucks behind. The trucks make their way towards Trondheim.
What remains of the Royal Air Force, some Skuas and some Swordfish, hardly a match for the ME-109E; flees to Trondheim and the Ark Royal, just off the coast of Trondheim.
In the arctic, Narvik, which has been abandoned by the Germans, has been recaptured by the Norwegian 7th Brigade, as the Allies maneuver to surround Elvegaardsmoen.
The Glorious and the Ark Royal are scheduled to leave next turn, but they will be back. At that time, they should go to the arctic to project some unopposed air power over Narvik. maybe they can disrupt the Germans to assist in any attack on Elvegaardsmoen.
The carriers are carrying mostly torpedo bombers, which in other games, can only be used in an antishipping role. In this game, since the Germans have no ships (they didn’t appear until Storm Over Scandinavia), there are no rules concerning their role in the battle. So I am just going to assume they can be used as normal bombers.
Now that Allied supply is going to become an issue, the question becomes, do the Allies evacuate, or do they stand and die? There are victory point penalties for losing Allied units, but since 50 victory points or less is a German decisive victory, does it matter if you score 7 points or -25 points? Can some of this be offset by getting lucky and doing some damage to the Germans as they attack?
If this were a grand campaign instead of a standalone game, evacuating would be the only option. Historically, the Allies evacuated.
How will the Allies handle this conundrum?