Narvik PBEM: German Turn 6 (April 28 – May 1, 1940)
With air support disrupting both defending battalions a 6:1 -1 attack takes the airbase. German troops are now streaming over the mountains south of Tronheim and advancing on Mo. The 214th and 163rd Inf XX prepare for the final assault on Trondheim – next time I’ll try to take this city in the invasion. The two Norwegian Bns blocking the Namsos-Mo road are surrounded and eliminated in another 6:1 -1 attack and the Allies find themselves running out of Norwegians to sacrifice. (Editor’s Note: LOL! I’m running out of Norwegians, and he’s running out of He-111s!) A Luftwaffe raid on the port facilities in Bodo is met with heavy AA fire and two He111 units are eliminated (Brits rolled a 1) while Ju88s places a single hit on the supply base. A Luftwaffe AA bn supported by an artillery battery move adjacent to Mo and receive much needed supplies from across the Swedish border. The British are still at the end of their supply tether and cannot, for the time being, threaten this advanced detachment. Meanwhile, supplies have run out in Trondheim, though the full effects have not set in yet (most units there will be U-2 and halved in defense next turn).
Time Runs Short in the South
The last holdouts are hemmed in on all sides and their end draws near. Stukas and Messershmitt 109s bomb Bergen, destroying the last RAF Night Bombers in Norway. This will leave Bomber Command with no partners and they will become nothing more than a nuisance (Editor’s note: Were they ever anything more than a nuisance?).
German naval landings took place in Oslo and Larvik again this turn. The Royal Navy met with some success sinking the 11th Motorized Bde HQs, 2 artillery battalions and a supply depot (+7 VP). The German staging box is loaded up with units and supplies next turn, so let’s hope the bad naval dice are done rolling for now. Ju52 and He115 transports airlanded a Mtn Rgt, Mtn Arty Bn and two Inf Bn.