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SoS Narvik, Turn 3 (April 16 – 19, 1940)


I have been very pressed for time this week, and this looks to continue into the next week.

Supply, or rather lack of it, has reached critical mass. If the Germans do not get any supply, their defense ratings drop to 0, and the Norwegians will easily overrun them.

The Germans are shipping eight supply depots to Norway: three depots to Bergen, one depot to Stavanger, two depots to Kristiansand, one depot to Drammen and one to Moss on the eastern side. Two depots are sunk en route to Bergen, and one depot is sunk on the way to Kristiansand. Read more…

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SoS Narvik, Turn 2 (April 12 – 15, 1940)


I realized after I had started the German turn that I neglected to move the Norwegian trucks fleeing from Oslo during the exploitation phase. They are exposed, unprotected, and prime targets for an air assault.

As I looked over the reinforcement schedule prior to playing, I saw that eighteen Ju-52 transports were withdrawn early, but I mistakenly thought it was on turn 3. It’s not. Here on turn 2, the Ju-52s are withdrawn, leaving 12 air units behind. This could cause a problem for the Germans. Read more…

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…

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…

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…

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