Eighty years on. 10th April 1940


The First Battle of Narvik.

At dawn and in heavy snow, five British destroyers entered the Ototfjord and surprised the German flotilla at Narvik consisting of supply and cargo ships protected by ten destroyers. The German destroyers Wilhelm Heidkamp and  Anton Schmidt were sunk, four more  destroyers were damaged and eleven merchant ships in the harbour were sunk. HMS Hardy was heavily damaged by shellfire & beached. HMS Hunter was torpedoed and sank.  HMS Hotspur was badly damaged by a torpedo. The British withdrew.  On the way out of the fjord, HMS Havoc sank the supply ship Rauenfels containing artillery, anti-aircraft guns and ammunition for the 138th Gebirgsjäger Regiment at Narvik.

Both naval commanders at Narvik died in the engagement. Both were posthumously honoured.

Other actions

Blackburn Skua fighter/bombers of the British Fleet Air Arm bombed the German cruiser Königsberg in Bergen harbour, sinking her with three 500lb bombs.  The German transport ship SS Barenfels was also damaged.  One Skua was lost.

U-4 sank HMS Thistle at Stavanger.  HMS Tarpon torpedoed the Q-ship Schürbek but was later sunk by depth charges off the Danish coast.

U-37 sank the Swedish tanker Sveaborg North of the Faroe Isles, and then the Norwegian MV Tosca  which stopped to pick up the survivors.

On land the Battle of Midtskogen was fought in the early morning hours and resulted in Norwegian victory.

With Denmark occupied by the Nazis, the parliament of Danish-owned Iceland granted full powers of government to the Icelandic cabinet.

 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8389, freezing Danish and Norwegian assets in the United States to prevent their access by Germany.

Game day 223. Germany

Germany collected 10 Industrial Resource points.

Three armoured and six infantry battalions attacked Denmark, supported by six fighter squadrons.  The Danes lost five infantry battalions to the Germans two infantry and two armoured.  The fighters returned safely.

Six transport ships carrying twelve infantry battalions sailed from Germany to Stavanger, Norway, where the infantry disembarked and engaged in battle with six Norwegian battalions.  Six battalions of parachute infantry were flown from Berlin and dropped north-west of Oslo.  The Norwegians lost three infantry battalions in the ensuing battles.  The Germans lost one battalion from the Stavanger landing force.

Armoured and infantry battalions were deployed in Czechoslovakia and Poland.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

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