Eighty years on. 22nd April 1940


German air strikes paralysed Namsos and General de Wiart’s supply lines.  146th Brigade risked becoming encircled at Vist by German landings on the flank.  He ordered a fighting withdrawal to Namsos.

Further south, Morgan’s 148th Brigade dug in at Faaberg, north of Lillehammer.  However, they were flanked by German mountain troops scaling the 2,165ft high Balbergkamp, forcing another overnight retreat. They fell back 20 miles to the north and prepared to make a stand at Tretten Gorge, one of the narrowest and most defensible points in the Gudbrandsdal.

At the Supreme War Council meeting in Paris, strategy took a back seat to French political infighting between Reynaud and Daladier.  The allied planners contemplated a march towards Oslo.

2 Lockheed Hudsons bombed and damaged U-43 in the North Sea.

On Budget Day in the United Kingdom, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir John Simon announced that the government was seeking an all-time record £1.234 billion in revenue to meet the cost of the war through to March 1941. Taxes and duties were increased on income (37.5%), alcohol (whisky now 16s a bottle), tobacco (1s5d for 20 cigarettes), telephone calls (1s2d for a three minute trunk call), telegrams (9d for 9 words) and postage (not known – possibly 1/2d increase?). Purchase tax was also introduced at 33% on luxury goods.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo was visited by a German officer who expressed his intention to take over the building, but was told that it belonged to the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm and was therefore Swedish property.

Game day 235. China

All Chinese troops moved eastwards towards the Kwangtung border.

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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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