Narvik II: Adjustments to the Norwegian Reaction
The purpose of me diving back into another game of Narvik was to see how far my plan to win as the Germans would go towards that end. In order to do that, though, I have to think like my erstwhile opponent, Alan Tibbetts. I have been thinking less like him and more like myself.
In order to bring the game more towards how Alan would have started his turn, I would like to make a couple of adjustments. Specifically the Trondheim, Bergen, Kristiansand and Larvik/Horten area. Only a few units.
The 5th HQ brigade HQ retreats 1 hex west of Trondheim instead of to the airfield. This is what Alan did originally to slow any breakout from Trondheim to the west.
The II/12 (disrupted due to bombing) cannot assist in any attack on the airfield, so it retreats into the mountains to the west, further sealing off Trondheim.
This does impact the combat that would have occurred at the Trondheim airfield (Værnes Air Station). The impact is negligible, because the Norwegians were driven back from the airfield. The Germans still hold the airfield, and the Norwegians start at MC 13. There were no losses. Instead, the I/12 mountain battalion follows the road SE to the Swedish border, and cuts Namsos off from Trondheim.
Alan did not believe much in stacking Norwegian units. He would place one unit per hex, even if that one hex had only a single point defending it. When the Norwegians were forced to retreat from Bergen, the Germans chased after them to MC 9. The Norwegians chose to retreat further past MC 10, giving it to the Germans, to the forest just to the SE. As I reviewed it, I began to doubt that Alan would have done this, because it was not in line with anything he had done before.
The adjustment is that the I/9 retreats east to the first forest hex east of MC 9. The 4th brigade HQ, moves to the rough hex adjacent to the I/9 to prevent the Germans from swinging around to the south and trapping the I/9.
This one is kind of difficult, considering that the last game, the Germans captured Kjevik Air Station outside of Kristiansand, but not Kristiansand itself. Alan reacted to that, not the capture of Kristiansand itself. But, I am going to play it the same way. Troops from Stavanger stay at Stavanger to prevent the easy capture by German troops. The 3rd brigade HQ moves south from Evje and blocks the rail line to Stavanger, again to prevent easy access by the Germas to Sola Air Station outside of Stavanger, and MC 7 in the mountains. The artillery battery at Evje stays put at Evje to defend MC 8. The disrupted troops at Kjevik A.S. stay, blocking a breakout to the east by the Germans.
The 2nd motorcycle company races from the western side of Norway to just outside of Larvik to seal off the invasion ports. It stops adjacent to the 2nd artillery battalion stores, and will use the arrival of that unit to seal off the two ports.
This last one is actually what Alan did. Landing at Kristiansand instead of Kjevik made it more difficult for the MC to move across Norway, but it can be done in one move by expending all movement points. In order to make the noose tighter is to move one more hex during the exploitation phase.
Alan had also interdicted Trondheim. I chose not to interdict it because it is very difficult to ship cargo there without it being sunk, and the AA from the interdiction does not prevent air drops or float planes from landing.
It is important to me to get Alan’s defense right (the molasses defense as some have called it), because if I don’t then I don’t know if this plan could possibly work against it. I want to know if it works. I have to know if it works. I have to figure out any and all adjustments to it that need to be made.
Often I will refer to various places in Norway by their actual names which are not printed on these maps.
- Oslo NE: Gardermoen Air Station
- Oslo West: Fornebu Air Station
- Kristiansand: Kjevik Air Station
- Stavanger: Sola Air Station
- Bergen: Flatøy Air Station
- Trondheim: Værnes Air Station (nearby Ørland Air Station was built in 1941)
- Bardufoss: Bardufoss Air Station
There are three major valleys radiating from the Oslo area (for simplicity, I am only going to refer to the major valleys that will likely see action)
- Osterdal: The easternmost valley that runs north from Elverum to the Trondheim area
- Gubrandsdal: The valley just west of the Osterdal, that runs from Hamar north towards Andalnes. Includes the city of Lillehammer.
- Hallingdal: The valley that runs from Oslo to Bergen.
- Setesdal: The valley that runs north through Evje, and has the Otra River running through it.
- Otra River: During the Norwegian retreat from Kristiansand, I mentioned that they had crossed the Topdaselva River in the east. Upon further research, that isn’t right. They crossed the Otra. The Otra is the river between Kristiansand and Kjevik.
- Glomma River: The river that runs to the east of Oslo, and empties into the mouth of the Oslofjord just south of Frederikstad.
- Storelva: This river flows south through the southern end of Hallingdal and drains into the Tyrifjorden (hexsides 3808/3809/3908/3909)
- Drammenselva: This river looks like it may be misplaced. It drains from Tyrifjorden down into Drammensfjord (a spur of the Oslofjord). The map shows it beginning from hex 3909/4008 (the Fornebu hex), and emptying in the Drammensfjord (shown on the map where it empties). The river actually drains from the Tyrifjord at hex 3910.
- Lagen River (Gudbrandsdalslågen) flows through the Gubrandsdal and out to the Storsfjorden a little south of Andalsnes
- Rauma River: flows to the Romsdalfjord through Andalsnes.
- Barduelva and Målselva: The Barduelva flows into the Målselva near Bardufoss. While shown as a single river, this is actually 2. The Barduelva flows from Altevatnet, Norway’s 11th largest lake to the Målselva at Bardufoss.
- There are at least 4 other rivers in the Norwegian Arctic. I am not going to name them at this time, only because they are way out of the way.
- Elva is Norwegian for river.
- I tried, to the best of my ability through the internet and maps to correctly name these river. I hope I got them right. If not, please let me know.
- Oslofjord: The primary fjord leading to Oslo
- Romsdalsfjord: The fjord leading to Andalsnes
- Trondheimsfjord: The fjord at Trondheim
- Ofotfjord: The fjord at Narvik