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Colin Raitt
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Northward Strike scenario 5.

April 1940 Muddy ground, clear skies.
The Home Fleet sailed for the North Sea where they could intercept invasions of Bergen or Stavanger. HMS Glorious moved into Sognefjorden, her planes covering Trondheim and Oslo. The Norwegian army split between Stavanger and Oslo, air-force in Bergen and the destroyers also in Stavanger.

The invasion fleet left Copenhagen, steaming through the shallow waters of the Kattegat and Skagerrak to Oslo. A swarm of enemy planes descended on them. The Norwegians were shot down for a hit on the Me110s. Blenheims cleared through to the transports missed all 4 shots. The Kriegsmarine's 5 heavy ships and half the light cruisers and destroyers went on a carrier hunt. They were intercepted by the Home Fleet off Rogaland. The British split into 4 groups and all 4 made contact. The first two groups were little threat, outnumbered and outgunned they suffered heavily. The 3rd group were evaded as they were the most formidable with KGV, Warspite and Rodney but slow. That left Revenge, Resolution and some destroyers which had to be fought. Ju88s sank Resolution then Revenge crippled Blucher before going down herself to my massed 11” guns. Blucher turned back whilst the main force raced on to catch Glorious in a very uneven battle. Returning from Oslo the carrier's air wing diverted to Bergen, never to fly act again.

Both paratroop divisions dropped over the Norwegian capital but the presence of enemy planes disrupted their landing. The amphibious assault failed miserably despite the element of surprise and the paratroops were sacrificed to cover the withdrawal of the main force.

British reinforcements debarked in Oslo and Trondheim but brought no supplies. Despite a clear naval victory the German army has been sent packing.

May Mud and clear skies.
Ark Royal replaces Glorious in Scapa Flow. Transports from Norway sail for supplies some are sunk by those pesky Ju88s in Orkney along with the new carrier. The 2 unescorted transports which survive carry ammunition and fuel to Trondheim and Oslo. Much depleted, the Home Fleet resumed its patrol of the North Sea.

Again the invasion fleet sailed up Oslofjord. At least this time the enemy planes were aborted by Me110s. The German battlefleet ventured up to Trondheim, outrunning the heavier group that found it and battering HMS Warspite for a hit on Scheer. All supplies for the British troops were sunk in harbour before they could be unloaded.

Demonstrating little imagination Germany's infantry repeated the Oslo assault. They inflicted 2 hits on the Norwegian defenders leaving Auchinleck and his unsupplied infantry division still in place.
For the second time the invaders had to run back to Copenhagen, tails between their legs. Jon started celebrating victory. It was a slight compensation that the British army died from lack of supply but Norway's losses were replenished.

June Fine weather.
Intimidating to the end, KGV and Rodney protect Trondheim. Britain's last few Blenheims went down in flames over Oslo which fell at the 3rd time of asking. Norway's counter-attack from Stavanger withered in the teeth of air superiority and naval gunfire. It was too little, too late, with 4 cities and the resource hex under Norwegian control the allies wins a minor victory.

Naval balance.

Dead pile.


Thanks to Jon for a good game.
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Nice writeup. This game has clearly seen some love.
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Randall Holbrook
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I really enjoy your AARs. I have a question: when you use the two paratroops against Oslo, did you roll for them individually or as one unit on the drop table? I am hoping you do some PTO AARs. I am exploring the PTO scenarios. Thanks!
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Thankyou Randall its nice to be appreciated. I rolled separately for the 2 paras, it never ocurred to me to roll just once. If you only roll once I wouldn't have risked the 2nd para as it didn't shift the odds. In the end it absorbed a hit saving a stronger infantry but wasn't available for the next try. Separate rolls increases my odds of getting the +1 DRM from 1/3 to 5/9 off course. We have the 1941 ETO campaign set up at the moment. I like PTO just as much and I'll probably persuade Jon to do PTO later this year.
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That's what I was thinking, it increases your chance to get the +1 DRM, thanks!
 
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