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