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Narvik PBEM: German Turn 11 (May 18 –21, 1940)


Let me take that bullet for you, please!

As predicted, Norwegian troops were thrown under the bus . . again.  But the Allies have Norway’s back, right?

German soldiers with support of a machine gun during street fighting in a city in Norway. (click image to enlarge)

German soldiers with support of a machine gun during street fighting in a city in Norway. (click image to enlarge)

3rd Mountain and 196th Infantry divisions (55 attack factors) assaulted Mo where a Norwegian Brigade (11 defense factors) had been left holding the bag by their supposed “Allies”.  Efficient Luftwaffe air support disrupted two defending units, making this a 6:1 -1 attack.  The Norwegians proved slippery, one unit retreated before combat and the rest retreated after Germany rolled a Defender Disrupted.

Elsewhere five squadrons of Ju88s bombed the Bardufoss airbase where four squadrons of Swordfish were caught on the ground.  The RAF scrambled all four squadrons of fighters and when the aerial duel was over two squadrons of Gladiators had been shot down for no loss to the Luftwaffe.  Apparently the fighters had some effect after all, as all the bombs missed their mark.  Germany appreciates the -4 VP, running total now +33.

The German push through Mo (click image to enlarge)

The German push through Mo (click image to enlarge)

Ground combat in Narvik can be inconclusive, but at least the Norwegians are running out of forest hexes where they get a -1 DRM.

The battle for France goes well, Guderian’s tanks reach the channel coast and more Panzers are a mere 60 miles from Paris.  Anglo-French air and ground attacks suffer defeat and sustain heavy losses.

May 20th - Panzer 38(t) have reached the Channel coast. (click image to enlarge)

May 20th – Panzer 38(t) have reached the Channel coast. (click image to enlarge)

Here is a shot of the Dead Pile and victory point chart.

Narvik VP chart (click image to enlarge)

Narvik VP chart (click image to enlarge)

Most of the Allied VPs are courtesy of naval interdiction.  17 of the 20 eliminated German battalions were sunk, along with several supply counters.  And it’s not like the Germans were making risky landings, almost everything came in with a 5 in 6 chance of survival. Only one German division in Norway is at full strength.  The 50+ battalions of Norwegians in the dead pile count for nothing in victory points.

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4 thoughts on “Narvik PBEM: German Turn 11 (May 18 –21, 1940)

  1. Mike Phoenix on said:

    The German’s are down to 4 attack phases in the game. To this point the Allied have spoken of keeping the Germans out of Narvik while adjacent. Seeing the Victory Chart shows it’s far more difficult. The Germans must hold Narvik and all hexes adjacent. I’m now prepared to be stunned to silence should the German pull all that off in 4 attack phases.

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