Narvik PBEM2: Allied Turn 7 (May 2-5, 1940)
Norwegian French and British troops complete their maneuver to surround the German 3rd Mountain Division west of Narvik and immediately launch an attack. Four squadrons of RAF fighters provide air support (two 2-TBF attacks which failed to disrupt any Germans). The daring 1-1 attack must have surprised the Germans, though casualties among the French Alpine troops leading the attack were heavy (rolled a 6 = HX). Two Mtn Rgts and the German Division HQs (13 DF) were eliminated in exchange for a French battalion and Rgt HQ and a Norwegian battalion and Bde HQ. This victory ends the threat of a German unit being adjacent to Narvik (100 VP for the Allies) and will allow the Allies to concentrate on holding a port south of the A weather line (another 100 Allied VPs). The battle west of Narvik resulted in a net +19 VP.
Allied troops along the western Trondheim perimeter are reduced to ensure we hold the vital airbase, linchpin to our defense of northern Norway. 27 DF are stacked at the airbase, enough to ensure we “win” any exchange and make any turn 8 Germans attack a poor 1:1 -1. More troops are landed at Namsos and the newly arrived LC is put to use as a supply base, replacing the one destroyed earlier by the Luftwaffe.
In southern Norway the slow retreat up the valleys leading to Trondheim continues. Allied Generals are pleased to see the Germans sent all the newly arriving Mountain units into the mountains west of Oslo instead of north where they would’ve been more of a threat to Allied plans. A Norwegian 2-3-4 Inf Bn executes a long planned movement by sea from Haugesund to Bergen. German troops near Haugesund will take several turns to make their way to Trondheim. The dot city of Bergen will eventually fall, but not for a few more turns.
The Allied plan is working, we will hold the airbase at Trondheim for another two turns at least, and this ensures we will hold Namsos for an additional 100 VPs. The stacking ability of the Norwegians using Bde and Group HQs can create a very respectable defensive force. My opponent placed more value on cleaning up south-western Norway and getting Stukas on the map than I would have, to the determinant of his push toward Trondheim.