Cardboard Wars

War is the continuation of politics by other means

Archive for the category “Narvik”

The Narvik II Hard Drive Crash


This is the time of the week when I get a few days off from work and I can happily play my game and write about it. After I got home from work last night, I used my laptop to write some emails and do some stuff before I went to bed.

When I got up today and turned my laptop on discovered that the hard drive crashed. And so did Narvik right along with it. I was playing it exclusively on my laptop.

So the files are gone. The saved games were not important enough to back up.

I have spent the entire afternoon installing a new hard drive and operating system and drivers.

So, Narvik II is gone. I’m not sure that I want to restart it yet again. I think that in the end, the Germans would still have lost, because the biggest hole in the plan was that it gives the Allies in the arctic way too much time to set up a defense of Narvik. The Germans would be able to fight their way through, but probably not by the end of the game.

I may return to it again at some point in the future. I really like this game.

Now I just need to figure out what game I want to play next. Because of an energetic discussion about Operation Sea Lion, I have been sorting the counters from Their Finest Hour to see if any are missing. I know the rules are old, and the naval system is completely different from current Europa rules. But I think it would be fun to make the attempt, as the Germans, to get on that damned island.

All I need next is an opponent. This is one that I definitely do not want to play solo. I have a couple of feelers out, and am waiting to hear back. We’ll see what happens.

Advertisements

Narvik II: German Turn 3 (April 16 to April 19, 1940)


Germans Are Busting Out All Over

German supply situation (click image to enlarge)

German supply situation (click image to enlarge)

Now that the campaign is 10 days old, the supply situation is getting critical for the Germans. Some of the units are in danger of having their defense strength reduced to 0 during the Norwegian half of the turn. This situation has to be alleviated.

The photo to the right shows the desperate situation for the Germans. A dashed line signifies the first turn out of supply, while the solid line shows where units are in their second turn out of supply.

While there is no specific time that general supply must be checked, it appears that it has to be checked prior to movement, because lack of supply can impact a unit’s movement.

Last turn, when the eastern side attempted to attack in anticipation of receiving supply and when the supply failed to get through, they retreated where they came from. They should also have been disrupted. Fortunately, this did not affect the outcome of the later combat, and the disruption goes away this turn.

But the offensive can’t wait for the supply situation to resolve itself. The troops have to continue to move and try to break through. This is the great opportunity because much of the anticipated Norwegian mobilization has not occurred.

German movement in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

German movement in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

The time has come to try to split the Norwegian defenses by conducting an opposed landing at Oslo. There is a -2 DRM for the opposed landing, and an additional -2 DRM for the city itself, combining to make a -4 DRM. I must be crazy right? Not as crazy as one might think. This may look like an extreme risk, but I assure you, it isn’t. It is very calculated (and should be done on turn 2 rather than turn 3), as I will explain shortly.

Meanwhile, forces on the eastern side of Oslofjord push north, trapping the Norwegian forces that just broke out last turn behind enemy lines. The I/138/3rd mountain swings around Oslo, overrunning a regimental HQ and attacks the 2nd motorcycle company at Gardermoen. Another group moves to attack the 1st brigade HQ on the Swedish border. In order to keep the Norwegians from capturing supply that is going to be airdropped at Frederikstad, the Germans decide to give up Norwegian mobilization center 1 temporarily.

On the west side, forces also push north from their ports to push on the Norwegian flank. They push closer to Fornebu and the shores of the Tyrifjorden. They have plenty of attack supply.

Artillery forces from the Larvik/Horten ports push west on the railroads to support an attack at Kjevik Air Station, while two battalions move up the Setesdal to attack Evje and MC 8. They carry their attack supply with them.

The 307th/163rd pushes down the Setesdal, but slowly due to lack of supply.

In every game of Narvik that I have played where the Germans have captured Trondheim, I have struggled to break out of the area. This is the furthest the Germans have pushed out in any game that I’ve played.

As I am reading more and more on the Norwegian campaign, historically the Germans struggled to break out of Trondheim, failed to capture the airfield, and were having trouble supplying the area. So, I think I am a bit ahead of the schedule here.

In the south, by the end of turn, the German advance should be reaching the base of the Gubrandsdal and Osterdal, reaching the area just south of Hamar by the 17th of April.

The central Norway shuffle (click image to enlarge)

The central Norway shuffle (click image to enlarge)

The attempted push out of Trondheim continues against the 5th brigade HQ. If the 5th infantry brigade HQ can be destroyed, the Germans will have breached the Norwegian defensive line around and be set to break out.

Over at Bergen, the 1st and 2nd infantry battalions continue to push towards MC 10, attacking the 4th brigade HQ again, in rough terrain.

From Namsos on north, the Germans hold their position, awaiting a breakout from Trondheim.

Air activity in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

Air activity in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

There is heavy air activity, especially in the south. Transports are carrying supply to Bergen, Trondheim, Frederikstad, Horten, and Kristiansand. The transports at Horten and Kristiansand are escorted by Me-110s out of the Danish offmap airbases. The transports at Frederikstad are unescorted. The thought is that there are enough of them that if they are intercepted, they could possibly fight the attackers off.

More Me-110Cs accompanied by He-111s out of Værnes Air Station attack Oslo in order to disrupt the King’s Guards battalion in Oslo. Dive bombers, also from Denmark raid the I/3 infantry battalion at Kjevik, escorted by Me-109s. Bombers also attack Sola Air Station and Forneb u Air Station in an attempt to shut them down and trap RAF fighters.

A supply depot is also flown to Trondheim.

So, the RAF has a lot of targets to choose from for interception. The question is, what do they intercept? Obviously, they stay away from missions that have escorts.

Interception goes to Frederikstad once again. They won’t stop all of the supply from being dropped, but they can perhaps take down some more transports. However, neither side inflicts any damage to the other. Since it is becoming a little crowded in the Fornebu area, the intercepting aircraft flee to Sola Air Station at Stavanger.

Two waves of bombers strike Fornebu, but the mission is only partially successful as the bombers deliver one hit to the airbase.

The airstrike on Oslo disrupts the King’s Guards battalion. Combat odds there are now 11:1 (6:1).Two of the Me-110s return to Værnes Air Station with the He-111s.

The Sola Air Station raid is also only partially successful. One hit is delivered to the airfield, but it is not enough to shut the airbase down.

The bombing of Norwegian troops at Kjevik is more successful, disrupting the defenders one more time.

Combat in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

Combat in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

So let’s start withe the combat at Oslo. I said earlier it was a calculated risk, the risk being that the bombers could not disrupt the defenders. Since the King’s Guard is disrupted, the combat odds are on the 6:1 column. With a -4 DRM, the worst possible outcome the Germans can get is a No Effect, while the best is Defender Disrupted. The most likely outcome, however, is a Defender Retreat. Given this, the King’s Guard chooses to retreat east out of Oslo, abandoning the trucks. Probably should have moved the trucks out of Oslo earlier. The 0-4 regimental HQ also skips town while the getting is good, following the King’s Guards.

And that is how Olso is captured with a minimum muss and fuss if the Norwegian player is playing the “defense in depth” strategy. Just make sure that the disruption is virtually guaranteed. The anti-shipping roll, however, is beyond the player’s control. All you need is two 9-4 regiments and a 4-4 artillery battalion landing in the city. Of course, I doubt I’m the first person to ever figure this out, but it does put the Norwegian player on the horns of a dilemma. Do you put an extra unit into Oslo to thwart this attack or not? If you do, the Norwegian front line just got weaker somewhere else.

The attack at Gardermoen at 3:1 results in a Half Exchange. Both the m/c company and the German mountain battalion  are eliminated, leaving Gardermoen in Allied hands for the moment.

Attack at hex 4009, across the river from Fornebu is another 3:1 attack. The artillery battalion escapes across the river to Fornebu, but the Dahl regimental HQ is eliminated.

Attack at hex 3910, on the shores of Tyrifjorden against the 2nd armored cavalry battalion, also at 3:1. The cavalry escapes but the Mork regimental HQ is destroyed.

Attack at hex 4206 against the 1st brigade HQ on the Swedish border, north of Halden: The HQ does not retreat before combat, and faces 5:1 odds. The HQ is easily destroyed.

Battle of Evje: The unidentified Norwegian mountain artillery battery holding Evje cannot escape, so it stands it ground, facing 4:1 odds. The attackers roll a 6, but due to the -1 DRM for the forest, the results are a Half Exchange. The Norwegian battery takes out a battalion, but ultimately, Evje and MC 8 fall to the Germans. +1 VP for the Norwegians (Total Norwegian VP thus far: 9).

Attack at Kjevik: The combat odds are 6:1 when the Norwegians fail to retreat. There is only one corridor out, towards the rail line north of Kristiansand (I forgot to place my interdiction markers in the photo). The result is a No Effect. The Norwegians, despite the confusion and chaos hold the Germans off again.

Combat in central Norway (click image to enlarge)

Combat in central Norway (click image to enlarge)

Attack at hex 3213, just east of Bergen: Another 6:1 attack. The 4th brigade HQ fails to retreat. The HQ is destroyed, but once again, the result is a Half Exchange. The Germans lose an infantry battalion. +1 VP for the Norwegians.

Finally, the push out of Trondheim against the 5th brigade HQ: 6:1 combat odds, -1 DRM. The result is a Defender Eliminated. The Germans have no forced the road out of Trondheim open.

German exploitation in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

German exploitation in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

In Oslo, one of the regiments of the 214th loads up on the newly captured trucks and moves to Gardermoen to capture the airfield. The bombers (Wellingtons and Whitleys) don’t get lucky and don’t escape. The Germans no have command of Gardermoen, and take 4 VPs away from the Norwegians.

German exploitation in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

German exploitation in southern Norway (click image to enlarge)

The trucks from Bergen move out and catch up to the battalion just outside of MC 10, while the trucks at Trondheim move forward and into the breach made so the Germans can possibly exploit the breakout.

The Norwegian defense in the Oslo area is starting to crack. They need reinforcements badly. The road to Bergen is now open, and the Germans are starting a heavy push out of Trondheim. In the Southwest, more mobilization centers have fallen and the RAF is on the run. All in all, a pretty good turn for the Germans, I think. Now the question is, can the Norwegians slow them down, or will the German supply situation slow the Germans down?

Narvik II: Norwegian Turn 2 (April 12 to April 15, 1940)


The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!

After the adjustment, things began to roll the Norwegians way. They did not lose a single unit. They either escaped, stood their ground, destroyed German attack supplies, German aircraft, and generally won the German turn.

Except for Gardermoen Air Station being shut down, it was a good turn for the Norwegians.

More reinforcements begin to mobilize. An armored cavalry and an infantry battalion mobilize within 5 hexes of Lillehammer. The infantry mobilizes at MC 6, NE of Oslo, while the cavalry mobilizes NW of the city, on the north shores of Tyrifjorden.

The British 148th and 24th Guards brigades arrive on the shores of Norway, The 148th lands at Bodo and sets up their supply base with an antiaircraft battery for protection. The 24G arrives in Narvik, setting their supply base there. The five CLAs stationed down south are called to the arctic, three stationed at Bodo, and the other two harbor at Narvik.

However, things start taking a turn for the worse for the Norwegians. The first roll for Norwegian mobilization results in two battalions being called up, and both are captured by the Germans (MC 9 & MC 12).

German units out of supply in the Oslo region (click image to enlarge)

German units out of supply in the Oslo region (click image to enlarge)

Things are not all bleak for the Norwegians, though. The Germans are in a bit of a supply predicament. Those on the eastern side of Oslofjord are out of general supply, the two on the Swedish border (on the east side of the Glomma River) are on their second turn. Forces from/at Haugesund, Bergen, Andalsnes and those at MC 5 are also in desperate need of supply.

So, it begs the question, what do the Norwegians do? The 1st artillery battalion is currently trapped by German units.

Do the Norwegians try to break them out?

They could attack the armor company. They could try to attack the out of supply artillery battalion across the river. Even if forced to retreat, it could break the artillery out.

They could attack the out of supply artillery batteries at MC 5 (Elverum).

But any attack leaves the defensive line vulnerable.

Allied arctic movement (click image to enlarge)

Allied arctic movement (click image to enlarge)

So what do we do?

The two battalions of the British 148th march down the road towards Mo, to seal off the choke point from the Germans. A Norwegian mountain battalion from Narvik lands behind the British at Bodo.

Since the Norwegians have time to built a defense in the arctic, as the Allies arrive to cover the arctic ports, they are going to get as many units into Bodo as they possibly can and force the Germans to advance only 1 hex at a time.

In the meantime, the HMS Furious arrives off the coast of Trondheim (14 hexes away, the maximum range of the Swordfish she is carrying). The Germans, in their silliness, left no fighter cover at Værnes Air Station. The Allies smell opportunity.

The Swordfish fly undetected over Værnes and light up the airfield, destroying 2 He-111s in the process.

Allied movement (click image to enlarge)

Allied movement (click image to enlarge)

After much deliberation, the Norwegians decide to attempt a rescue of the trapped artillery battalion.

Two battalions push south to join with the 1st artillery battalion against the 1/40 armor company. This is deemed the best place to attack, even though the I/233/196 artillery battalion is out of supply and half strength. It is also on the Swedish border, and if the attack is successful, the Norwegians could get trapped on the border.

This is deemed the safest place to attack.

They catch the tanks off guard and eliminate them easily. (this was the third straight six that was rolled for the Allies)

One third of a battalion eliminated towards a victory point.

The Bergen & Trondheim fronts (click image to enlarge)

The Bergen & Trondheim fronts (click image to enlarge)

All other units in all other areas (Bergen, Trondheim, Kristiansand, Stavanger) hold position, trying to keep the Germans penned in.

During exploitation, the 2nd motorcycle company arrives at Gardermoen Air Station to protect the British bombers.

The artillery has been rescued, a tank company destroyed, and a pair of bombers has been destroyed on the ground because the AA did not arrive in time. A good turn for the Norwegians, but they may be vulnerable now if the Germans can figure out a solution to their supply situation.

 

Narvik II: German turn 2 (April 12 to April 15, 1940)


The German Advance

Northern Norway, showing positioning of Swedish supply depot (click image to enlarge)

Northern Norway, showing positioning of Swedish supply depot (click image to enlarge)

Before anything else occurs, the Norwegians get two artillery battalions (1 & 2) at MC 1 & MC 3. The Germans gain an artillery battalion at Trondheim for capturing the third of the artillery stores. In the place of the captured artillery, the Norwegians receive an artillery battalion organized as infantry at MC 13.

The German also receive a captured supply depot that can be placed anywhere in Sweden. It is placed right across the border from Mo.

The Germans attempt to slip two supply depots into central Norway, one at Trondheim, one at Namsos. The Trondheim shipment is sunk, but the Namsos shipment makes it to its destination.

German movement in southern Norway, including air unit movement (click image to enlarge)

German movement in southern Norway, including air unit movement (click image to enlarge)

The push away from the coast begins in southern Norway. Forces push out from Larvik against the 2nd m/c company, while the forces from Horten push against the newly assembled 2nd artillery battalion. In both cases, the Germans interdict the hexsides behind them to prevent any kind of retreat to the ports.

Across the Oslofjord, forces push out from Frederikstad against the 1st artillery battalion. Infantry sweeps around the 1st mobilization center to capture Halden, and prevent an armored cavalry battalion from forming next turn. Two mountain battalions and a armored company land at Frederikstad and push to MC 1, interdicting the hexsides behind them. They are joined by artillery and armor, interdicting and trapping the Norwegian artillery.

Landing behind these forces at Horten, Larvik and Frederikstad respectively are two mountain artillery battalions and an artillery company.

Forces at Kristiansand break down into battalions, while waiting for supply to be delivered. One battalion moves north to block the east-west rail line. The regiment at Haugesund begins moving down the road towards Evje, in the Setesdal, and is replaced by an artillery battery. Forces in both these locations are out of general supply at the moment (symbolized on the map by counters with the supply symbol with a slash through it).

The fight for central Norway (click image to enlarge)

The fight for central Norway (click image to enlarge)

The push from Bergen concentrates on the Norwegian 4th brigade HQ, south of MC 10. One battalion attacks in the rough south of the forests while the second holds MC 9. A successful attack here will open the Hallingdal for advance.

At Trondheim, two battalions from the 388th regiment, along with the captured Norwegian artillery, strikes out west to attack the 5th brigade HQ, and the two battalions from the 139th regiment spreads out to prevent the Norwegians from breaking out from the MC 13 region.

At this point, the units to be staged must be declared. Three units are being shipped, all from the 214th infantry division: 2 x 9-4 infantry regiments, and the IV/214/214, a 4-4 artillery battalion.

The Germans have to fly supply in to support these attacks. Ju-52s fly supply depots (3 transports each) to Larvik, Horten and Frederikstad. Another mission is flown to air drop supply at Kristiansand. The final mission flies to Trondheim proper to deliver an antiaircraft battalion (He-115 floatplanes).

They are all flying into a hornet’s nest. There are five squadrons of Allied aircraft in the area. One or more of these German transports may be destroyed. All of this is a result of incomplete planning on the part of the Germans.

Unless the fighters are forced to defend their airbase. Four Ju-88 squadrons, along with six squadrons of He-111s fly from Hamburg to put the airbase out of commission. This is a strategic mission, utilizing the full power of the bombers. The He-111s are flying at extended range.

Six Me-110C squadrons bomb the Norwegian 2nd artillery battalion in hopes of disrupting it before the attack.

Gardermoen Air Station is likely to be shut down during this raid. There are 10 squadrons flying in, meaning during air combat there will be 2 groups of five bombers each with a combined defense strength of 25. The Allies can muster a total of 5 fighter squadrons, with a total attack strength of 13. They would be attacking on the 1:2 column (while the bombers would fight at 1:1). Of course, there isn’t much difference between the two.

But in the end, the Allies choose to attempt to disrupt the shaky supply chain. The three Skuas fly to Larvik to intercept the Ju-52s there, while the Norwegian Gladiators and British Blenheim 1-Fs intercept the Ju-52s at Frederikstad.

Larvik: Skuas v. Ju-52 (1:1); Ju-52s v. Skuas (1:2)

Both sides miss, failing to shoot down any enemy aircraft.

Frederikstad: Gladiator/Blen-1F v. Ju-52s (1:1); Ju-52s v. Gladiators/Blen-1Fs (1:3)

The Allies shoot down one Ju-52, destroying the supply depot (+1 Allied VP (3)). This could be bad news for the attacking Germans. The Ju-52s fail to hit any targets.

The RAF and Norwegian planes return to Fornebu since they know Gardermoen is being attacked.

The Me-110Cs bombing MC 3 with 6 TBF. They hit and disrupt the Norwegian 2nd Artillery battalion, returning to the offmap Denmark airfields.

The bombing of Gardermoen comes in 3 waves; two waves of Ju-88s (two squadron each with 10 SBF), and six He-111s (combined 8 SBF). The Germans achieve 2 hits and a miss, shutting down the airfield (for this turn anyway). The Heinkels land at Værnes Air Station, while the Ju-88s return to Germany.

The He-111s land and offload the AA battalion before turning back to Germany, as the Ju-52s over Kristiansand drop supply on the 334th infantry regiment.

Attack at Mobilization Center 1

Combat results (click image to enlarge)

Combat results (click image to enlarge)

At MC 1, the Germans are unable to attack due to lack of supply, and are all forced to retreat one hex. Each unit is retreated across the hexside it entered combat from, and leaves the Norwegian artillery battalion surrounded.

Attack against the 2nd motorcycle company

High odds attack (6:1): The Norwegians fail their retreat roll and have to stand and fight. The motorcycle gang fights hard and stops the Germans in their tracks. No Effect.

Attack at Mobilization Center 3

High odds attack (6:1) due to the disruption of the Norwegian 2nd Artillery battalion: The Norwegians pass their retreat check, despite being disrupted, and retreat one hex to the north, across the Drammenselva from Fornebu.

Attack against the 4th infantry brigade HQ near Bergen

Medium odds attack (3:1): The 5th HQ also luckily makes its retreat check, and runs away from the Germans.

Attack against the 5th infantry brigade HQ near Trondheim

High odds attack (6:1) to attempt a breakout to the west, -1 DRM for the forest. The HQ fails its retreat check and stands its ground. Defender Retreat. The Norwegians are forced back, but not destroyed.

Only one of four attacks was successful. Two turns in and the Germans have been stymied so far. This plan may need some tweaking to it. Of course, if I had run supply on the first turn, the Germans would not be in this position, completely, anyway. One breakthrough has been achieved, but can the Germans take advantage of it?

So far, this game is reminding me a lot of the game against Alan. The frustration of not being able to complete an attack on the Norwegians, which may be the point, I don’t know. But so far, the dice are tending to roll low, as reflected in the combat rolls and the anti-shipping rolls.

But this is what I wanted. I wanted the frustration to see if this plan would work. So far it isn’t looking promising, but a few tweaks to this plan and we may find one that works.

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.

Trondheim

Norwegian movement, Trondheim, adjusted (click image to enlarge)

Norwegian movement, Trondheim, adjusted (click image to enlarge)

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.

Bergen

Norwegian movement, Bergen, adjusted (click image to enlarge)

Norwegian movement, Bergen, adjusted (click image to enlarge)

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.

Kristiansand/Stavanger

Norwegian movement, southern Norway, adjusted (click image to enlarge)

Norwegian movement, southern Norway, adjusted (click image to enlarge)

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.

Larvik/Horten

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.

Norwegian Geography

Often I will refer to various places in Norway by their actual names which are not printed on these maps.

Printed airfields

  • 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

Valleys

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.

Rivers

  • 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.

Fjords

  • Oslofjord: The primary fjord leading to Oslo
  • Romsdalsfjord: The fjord leading to Andalsnes
  • Trondheimsfjord: The fjord at Trondheim
  • Ofotfjord: The fjord at Narvik

Post Navigation