Narvik PBEM: German Turn 9 (May 10 –13, 1940)
Tightening the Noose
Luftwaffe bombers made the trip north again and completed the job of closing Narvik and Harstad as supply sources. RAF pilots found the courage to intercept over Narvik and actually met with some success, shooting down a Heinkel 111. Tromso and Alta are the only remaining ports that can host a supply base other than Bodo. Bodo, where 40 AA factors (36 ship based) wait to make a 2:1 attack on each group of bombers. Everyone awaits the next turn for a massive raid to close Bodo.
German units march unmolested along the Namsos-Mo road, while formations of heavily laden Luftwaffe bombers fly overhead. Soon all of Allied occupied Norway will be liberated. Copious supply convoys move with the troops, even the large numbers of Norwegian prisoners (50 battalion equivalents have been destroyed or captured) are being well fed.
Six squadrons of Ju52 transports are busy flying troops and supplies north from the airbase west of Oslo. The remainder of the transport fleet, based in Germany, has but one remaining mission – keep supplies flowing. Getting supply to Norway will no longer be an issue and Depots will not have to risk naval interception. Two Infantry Rgts and Art Bn and some c/m units remain in the staging box, a floating reserve. If there is no opportunity to land at Narvik they will probably not risk naval interception.