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SoS Narvik: Turn 1 (April 8 – 11, 1940)


I was recently reminded of the conundrum that Alan and I were in regarding landing float planes in hexes that are interdicted by warships. It seems to me that any float plane that lands within reach of warships is a sitting duck while it unloads, yet the rules are silent in this regard. It appears to be perfectly legal. Read more…

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Narvik: More Changes


Rule Changes & Clarifications

Norwegian soldiers on the Narvik front (click image to enlarge) [source: https://commons.wikimedia.org]

The Swedish Supply Depot

I found the GDW Narvik rulebook that I (*cough* *cough*) misplaced. In the older version of Narvik, the German supply depot that appears in Sweden receives 4 MP and can move independently. In the new game, it receives an extra movement point.

The Victory Point Schedule

There are a couple of changes to the VP schedule, but I’m not sure all of them were intentional. Read more…

Narvik: Storm over Scandinavia Style


Storm over Scandinavia (click image to enlarge)

I’m not sure what it is about Scandinavia that keeps drawing me back. It seems to me that more people like the Spanish civil war, the Russian front, North Africa or the Second Front more so than any other games. I rarely see anyone discussing the Fall of France, for example. The Balkans are often ignored as well. Is it because these were campaigns the Axis won, and people really don’t want to see the Axis win at something? Read more…

Lost Victories; The Battle of Stalingrad; Jan II 43 (Soviet) and beyond……


I’ve been debating on how best to handle this since it has been so long. When I last left off, there was only one Panzer corps surviving in the Stalingrad pocket. The Luftwaffe had tried, and failed, to deliver supplies to this corps. To the west, a Soviet armored corps was fleeing east in the face of an ever increasing number of Panzers. The Axis had surrounded the last of the Soviet armor, but left a way out of the pocket, perhaps expecting harassment bombers to close the door on them. Read more…

Lost Victories; The Battle of Stalingrad: Jan II, 1943 (Axis)


Axis northern sector (click to enlarge)

The Stalingrad front has collapsed. Only a few remnants of the 14th Panzer Army have survived. At this point, all the Axis wants to do is delay, delay, delay.

The reality is that the Axis front is shattered. There are gaps in the line miles wide, but fortunately, the Soviets are unable to exploit them. Read more…

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