Narvik PBEM: German Turn 14 (May 30 –2 June, 1940)
That didn’t go like we planned
Someone from Berlin was very insistent the 32 defense factors of British and French units in Bodo not be allowed to get away. The 214th and 196th Infantry divisions did their duty and attacked at 2:1, with possible results of DR, HX, NE, AH, EX and AR. Anything but an AH was acceptable. Unfortunately things did not go as planned and the AH (attacker halved) is what came up. Germany has made a total of three meaningful attacks since the first turn, getting two No Effects and an Attacker Halved. Clearly the odds were in our favor (5 in 6) each time. We must conclude that this country is cursed.
A second attack against British infantry in the mountains east of Bodo results in a Half Exchange (HX) where a German Mtn Art Bn (+3 VP) is exchanged for two battalions of Brits (-4 VP).
Allied defense in Bodo will be halved if they stay and there are plenty of fresh German troops to attack in turn 15, so I doubt the Allies will stick around for a do over. But then, they could’ve sacrificed a couple of 0-1-4 companies and gotten away free and clear, including the troops lost in the mountains, so I have wonder why they did not.
Net result of the turn is +10 VP (total now +44) and the 214th Infantry XX is nearly wiped out (HQ and one Art Bn remaining).
Almost everyone misses the news of a small defeat for Germany in far off Norway due to events unfolding in France . . except for that man from Berlin who is screaming into the phone.