Cardboard Wars

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


German turn 9 - south (click image to enlarge)

German turn 9 – south (click image to enlarge)

Today is the day. May 10, 1940, German formations crossed the frontiers of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. The war in the west has started. Panzer formations rumble through the Ardennes Forest to punch a hole in French lines. Luxembourg falls quickly to the Germans.

In Norway, the 2nd mountain division lands in Oslo without any issues, along with the 401st regiment, 170th division. A machine gun battalion is sunk.

There is not much of interest anymore in the south. The 334th infantry regiment moves into and captures Haugesund.

The rest is just shuffling of units to get enough garrisons into Kristiansand and Stavanger to get the 69th division together. The Norwegians are no real threat, as all ports have garrisons.  Some units will be stationed in the south to watch the Norwegians, and make sure they cause no trouble.

The Trondheim are is becoming a little bottlenecked as the Germans chase the Norwegian 5th brigade & British 146th brigade. They are moving just fast enough to stay ahead of some of the slower German units so a full scale attack can’t occur on them. Trucks full of supply are reaching the troops.

German turn 9 - Trondheim (click image to enlarge)

German turn 9 – Trondheim (click image to enlarge)

The Luftwaffe, however, once again stages an air raid on Allied supplies; this time in Bodo. Bodo is barely in range of most of the Ju-88A bombers, but out of the normal range of the He-111H bombers, and a few Ju-88As. Six Ju-88A counters (114 planes) can fly at full bomb capacity, six He-111H counters (114 planes) have to fly extended range with a reduced bomb load (strategic bombing strength is reduced from 5 to 1.67 per counter), and three Ju-88As also have to fly at extended range, reducing their bomb loads.

These planes fly in three groups of five, and British antiaircraft is ineffectual. Bombing results in two hits an a miss, leaving the depot intact for the moment. This is a major boon for the Allies who are struggling with supply issues.

Almost everything the Germans can ship to Norway is in Norway now. The 1st mountain division is being left out of this operation for now. There is a victory point penalty for their use, but we will wait to see if we need them.

German turn 9 - air raid on Bodo (click image to enlarge)

German turn 9 – air raid on Bodo (click image to enlarge)

There are six turns left in the game. The Ger,mans calculate that there is no way they can reach the Narvik area overland. by the end of the game.

They are going to have to gamble, which means a sea lift.

There are primarily three divisions available for such an operation; The 214th, the 196th, and the 2nd mountain. If things get desperate, there is always the 69th division and the 1st mountain. The troops will have to be turned around and brought back into Trondheim for shipment. Hopefully some will make it through.

If this were a truly historical situation instead of a game with an artificial time ending, the safe route would be overland. There is no way I would attempt to ship these troops into an area infested with British ships. Sometimes these games create situations that would most likely never happen.

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