May 12, 1940,
Allies army of 104 units opposed to Germans army of 120 units
for a battle of complexity 0.63 at Company(I) level
on a 2.5 Km/Hex map
for 9 turns of Half Week each.
by Wayne Close submited on 22-05-2007
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
Narvik 1940: Operation Rupert
Allied attempt to retake Narvik
2. Special Events
Historically, very few reinforcements and replacements made it into the Narvik area. They were either sunk enroute or held up by opposing forces along the coastal highway. There is a low percentage chance that these forces will make it through the gauntlet and join the fray. For the Allies it is the 141 Alpine Chasseurs Demi-Brigade that will join the battle if the Polish liner Chrobry is not sunk. The 5th Scots Guards may join the battle in reponse to German reinforcement.
For the Germans it is the 2. Gebirgsjaeger Division and the Luftwaffe's 16. Luftlandungsturm Regiment.
British capital ships sunk give significent VPs to the Germans but will trigger additional naval units.
During the course of the game, both sides will withdraw significant forces to deal with the invasion of France and the Low Countries thus relegating the Norwegian Campaign to a secondary front.
4. Unit Colors
4.1.1. Heeres & Kriegsmarine
5. Operation Briefing
Operation Weserubung was set for April 9, 1940 with zero hour at 0515. The German invasion of Norway demonstrated the woefull lack of preparedness on the part of the Allies and caused the downfall of the Chamberlain government. After being outmanuevered at every turn early in the campaign, the Allies decided to concentrate their efforts on the strategic port of Narvik. This was the source of the iron ore that was the primary cause of the invazion and was much needed by Germany. How the Allies intended to hold on to Narvik after losing the rest of Norway was never really discussed.
Starting on 24 April, British, French and Polish troops supported by the Royal Navy began arrving in the area, landing first at Harstad, a fishing village with inadequate port sacilities. To the north of Narvik was the Norwegian 6th Division. The Allies lacked proper winter gear and skis, while the Norwegians, though well equiped for the snowy conditions, lacked ammunitoin.
On the other hand, the "German" troops, mostly Austrian mountaneers, were well fitted out for winter operations. In addition to the 3. Gebirgsjaeger Division, General Dietl had 2600 sailors from sunken destroyers, armed with captured rifles and machineguns.
Though outnumbering the enemy 5 to 1, the British land commander, Gen. Mackesy, delayed making any serious assault until the night of 12 May. Unfortunately for him, time was on the Germans' side. Two days earlier, on 10 May, Germany had launched the long awaited invasion of France. The taking of Narvik now had to be accomplished quickly before the troops were needed in the south. Little did the Allies know they had to secure the port before Hitler's legions crossed the Meuse.