Narvik PBEM2: Allied Turn 3 (April 16 – 19, 1940)
Thou shall not pass!
After an exciting turn 2 the Norwegians settle down to play redzone defense. Norwegian battalions form into line as far forward as possible to protect Oslo, the nearby airbases and as many mobilization centers as possible. We need those battalions to mobilize. Unfortunately, after getting seven of them last turn only one battalion manages to make it on the board this time. Kristiansand is abandoned on the south coast and the 2-3-4 Battalion which had been defending that city moves out of Stuka range. The Germans are still very short airbase capacity in mainland Norway with a single airbase at their disposal.
Now that the Germans have a supply depot in Trondheim we have given up any immediate plans to retake that city. Although the airbase is heavily damaged we need to hold the hex. RAF bombers from Bardaufoss and the Hatston Field fly an extended range daylight mission to try and put another hit on the Trondheim base, but missed (2 SBF, 2 in 6 chance). Swordfish and a Skua bomb German troops in Tronheim, to no effect (5 TBF). A supply base is established at Namsos, defended by 20 AA and 6 DF of ground units.
Significant Allied strength is committed to running the rump of the German 3rd Mountain XX to ground. They can stand their ground or face being surrounded. A supply base lands at Narvik, covered with a CLA and an AA battery (7 AA factors). 5th French Alpine Rgt and the 24th Guards Bde also land at Narvik.