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Narvik: Allied Turn 9 (May 10 – May 13, 1940)


Allied turn 9 - south (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 9 – south (click image to enlarge)

As more troops are destroyed or captured, and the terrain narrows down, there are fewer areas to discuss.

Once again, the Norwegians attempt to mobilize at mobilization center 5, south of Lillehammer. Again, five battalions are captured.

The Norwegian 3rd brigade makes it out of the mountains and into the woods east of Bergen.

In the north, the Norwegian 5th Brigade and British 146th Brigade continue to make their way north. The 146th brigade, however, is on its second turn out of supply, so it’s movement rate is cut in half. The Norwegians abandon the brigade in hopes that it will slow the Germans down just enough for the 5th to escape.

The 15th Brigade ships out from Bodo and lands in Narvik, establishing the British’s final supply depot. Could have done this last turn, but silly me forgot about Narvik momentarily.

The Polish Chasseurs du Nord moves out of Bodo and blocks the road between the North Sea and the Swedish border.

Allied turn 9 - Trondheim (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 9 – Trondheim (click image to enlarge)

The British 24th Guards and 148th brigades abandon the port of Mo, and moves to where they are now in supply (the brigades are currently on its second turn out of supply).

The Ark Royal, stationed off the coast of Mo, moves northward and stations off the coast of Narvik.

The Norwegian 6th Brigade abandons Elvegaardsmoen and takes station on the road leading to Sweden. The French 13th Foreign Legion regiment joins the fight, bringing artillery and tanks,  at Elvegaardsmoen as British bombers from Bardufoss and the Ark Royal begin to pound the German 3rd mountain division positions.

Once again, only one regiment, the 139th, is disrupted.

The odds are a little better this time, with the addition of the Foreign Legion and artillery. This time the odds are 2:1, still not favorable to the attacker, but better.

Allied turn 9 - Narvik (click image to enlarge)

Allied turn 9 – Narvik (click image to enlarge)

Hard fighting ensues, but in the end, the French are victorious over the Germans, rolling an Exchange result. The Germans are eliminated at the cost of a Foreign Legion battalion and some tanks. The German supply depot is destroyed, leaving the German naval regiment in Harstad unsupplied.

You heard me correctly.

The French Beat the Germans at Elvegaardsmoen!

The Allies gain a total of 4 victory points; 6 for destroying the Germans, but lose two for their own losses. The Allies now have 34 victory points.

The game situation for the Germans is nearly a desperate one. They cannot make it to Narvik overland by the end of the game. they have to go the sea lift route now.

The odds are not in their favor, but we’ll see what tricks the Germans can pull out of their bags.

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4 thoughts on “Narvik: Allied Turn 9 (May 10 – May 13, 1940)

  1. Mike Phoenix on said:

    Makes me wonder what the Allies would have done if they had held on in the Arctic zone. Not sure how much difference it would have made to the Germans if they had.

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    • Ultimately, the Germans would win the campaign. In most instances, the Germans outclass the Allies. Their troops are better, and their air force is dominant. The only area that the Allies have an advantage is the navy. Given enough time, the Germans could just waltz up to Narvik in force and drive the Allies out.

      That said, the British did land in force in the area. the 24th Guards and 148th brigades landed in Harstad and Bodo, I believe. The problem was that the British commanders, Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Cork and Orrery, and the ground commander, General P.J. Mackesy didn’t get along and could not coordinate. One was aggressive, and the other cautious. The end result was that they didn’t do much. General Claude Auchinleck, who would later be in command when Rommel ran over him in North Africa, was sent on an inspection mission in May, 1940. He ended up relieving Mackesy, and finally leading a futile attack on Narvik.

      The other reason the Allies failed was events in the West, starting May 10. The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium fell to the Germans in rapid succession, and by the end of May, the British had been forced off the continent, and the Battle of France was about to begin.

      The inability of commanders to get along is not reflected in this game, as is the impact of the Battle of Western Europe on Allied forces. The decision to evacuate Allied units is left to the discretion of the Allied commander. There is a victory point penalty for letting non-Norwegian Allied units die rather than evacuate them. Once a unit has been evacuated from Norway to either the continent or England, it’s gone for good.

      There were a lot of reasons the Allies failed in Norway, but in the end, be it the end of June or the end of July, Norway would have fallen to the Germans.

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  2. One of the best books I have read on the Norwegian campaign is:
    Norway 1940 by François Kersaudy

    Well worth a read and explains in good detail why the British forces were so feeble in Norway, how poor their political leadership was and how they were perfidious in their treatment of their Norwegian ‘allies’. The British ineptness in conducting the campaign from the start was finally brought to a bitter conclusion with the sinking of HMS Glorious.

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