Narvik PBEM: German Turn 8 (May 6 –9, 1940)
Bombs Away Over Narvik
The Luftwaffe saddled up and went for a ride. As they flew past the flak trap at Bodo they dropped a note saying “We’ll be back!” The Allied held occupied ports of Harstad and Narvik were both bombed heavily (2 hits each, 1 more and they’re knocked out for the remainder of the game). Will the Brits ever learn to protect their rear areas? Perhaps there is an RAF rule about not flying when it is too sunny, but for whatever reason British fighters at Narvik didn’t even attempt to intercept. A current joke among Luftwaffe bomber crews is that RAF pilots can’t find their joystick with both hands. The 2 points of English flak at Narvik was hardly noticed.
Norwegian troops at Trondheim, having been abandoned by their Anglo-French “allies”, faced the wrath of the German Army. A 5:1 -1 (41:8) attack went in with minimal air support (really just to have an Me110 in the area to take an empty slot at an airbase if necessary). A DD (Defender Disrupted) required the Norwegians retreat, but other than swimming after the Royal Navy there was no place to go. German troops were not entertaining prisoners and unfortunately in the melee the truck counter was destroyed.
Tidying Up the South
Most of the units in the staging box stay there. Three supply depots and a Machinegun Battalion land at Oslo. Air transports fly in two division HQ and a Mountain Bn, along with more supply depots. For once there are no losses enroute.
The last elements of the 214th hurry north along with battalions from the 69th 170th and 181st divisions.