Narvik PBEM: German Turn 7 (May 2 –5, 1940)
We Were Hoping For More
The Clash in Trondheim – Should they stay or should they go now? If they go there will be trouble, if they stay it will be double!
In the largest attack to date the 214th and 163rd Infantry Divisions, supported by bombers, Panzers and Corps Artillery, assault Trondheim. Intelligence indicated the French Alpine brigade defending the city was getting ready to flee so we decided to hit them before they could sail away. Every Ju88, He111 and Me110 in Norway flew in a massive strike to disrupt the defenders. With 24 defense factors and only 58 German attack factors we needed to disrupt 3 units (defense halved) in order to get 3:1 odds. Failure meant a 2:1 -1 and a 1/3 chance of Attacker Halved.
English flak missed all three groups (needed to roll a 1 on each) so we set up two certain hits (17 TBF) on the Norwegian 3-4-5 and 3-4-4 battalions and shots at the three French 3-5 Mtn bns with 3 TBF each (1/3 chance per target). Ju88s scored 1 hit and we reduced the defenders to 18.5 DF. Whew! With no place to retreat there is a 50% chance we eliminate the entire garrison, 1 in 6 chance of a No Effect (leaving both sides in the hex and requiring the Allies to either pull out or make a low odds suicide attack), 1 in 6 of a Half Exchange (acceptable if not preferable) and a 1 in 6 chance of an Attacker Retreat. Dice roll please – and it’s a 1 which becomes a 0, oh joy, Attacker Retreat. The 214th Inf XX and Panzers take this opportunity to retreat eastward and are now past the roadblock. If the Allies flee, leaving the Norwegians to defend Trondheim, the 214th XX (29 AF) will keep moving toward Narvik. If the Allies keep a Bde in Trondheim perhaps the 214th will have to put in another assault.
Attacks at Bergen and on the last two Norwegian held hexes in southern Norway go better. At Bergen a DE means we don’t capture the truck, but it also means the Norwegians don’t live to fight yet another battle. Troops from the 69th and 181st Infantry Divisions can now head north. Several c/m units are now available to carry supplies to the front and six battalions of Infantry and Mountain troops are airlifted to Norway.
Unfortunately the Royal Navy continues to meet with success rolling, five 6’s in twelve attempts. Another 8 VP of units and supplies are sunk, consisting of two 3-4 Art Bn, a 2-1-4 Art btry, a 2-6 Pz Co and a supply depot. Fortunately the Artillery and Infantry Regiments made it ashore.