Narvik PBEM 2: Allied Turn 4 (April 20 – 23, 1940)
It’s time to un-ass this place
Falling back in good order is an art. It takes timing and coordination. The Royal Norwegian Army finally had to give up the capitol and begin an orderly retreat. Too many Germans are getting thru Allied naval patrols. My opponent complains yet when you check the numbers his dice are better than average. Luckily his air force is not rolling low as well. Norway mobilized four battalions this turn, but after abandoning or being driven from several Mob Centers (MC) we don’t to see expect quite so many in the future.
Norwegian troops also had to abandon Stavanger in the southwest and MC 8 at Evje. The Luftwaffe will take another turn to relocate to Norway and then we will feel its full weight. By then however we will be fighting in better terrain and on a very short front. Britain promises to send more fighters soon, so there is hope in that.
British troops which went U-1 in the German player turn at Bergen and Haugesund were replaced with fresh troops, indicating the Germans won’t get either port easily. Norwegian troops in southwest Norway near Stavanger and Evje begin to fall back to the mountains.
Allied and Norwegian troops near German occupied Trondheim bolster their siege lines. 5th Bde HQ and a Mtn Bn move to the Trondheim airbase, bringing the total in that hex alone to 12 attack and 13 defense factors. Another British Infantry Bde lands at Namsos which is itself covered by 20 AA factors to discourage the Luftwaffe. RAF bombers flying from Bardufoss and Hatston Field place another hit on the Trondheim airbase in an attempt to delay any future use by the Luftwaffe. The Bardufoss based bombers make it a shuttle mission by landing at Hatston Field.
Norwegian, British and French units closely pursue the remnants of Germany’s elite 3rd Mtn division as it retreats to the south. Norway ships a Mtn Bn from Mo to Bodo while another Mtn Bn marches south from Tromso toward Narvik.
The Allies expect to eventually eradicate the Germans near Narvik and conduct a slow withdrawal in the south. I don’t want to sound overly optimistic, but it may be possible to retain control of Namsos and achieve a strategic victory.