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