Eighty years on. 4th May 1940


The British mine-laying submarine HMS Seal running on the surface in the Kattegat was bombed by a Heinkel He115.  HMS Seal dived and zigzagged to avoid detection until she hit a mine & settled on the bottom, stuck in mud and running out of air.

The Allies massed 30,000 troops (French Foreign Legion & Chasseurs Alpins, Polish troops, British 24th Brigade & Norwegians) around Narvik, still hoping to retake the town and disrupt iron ore traffic from Sweden.  The French moved overland to secure Bjerkvik, on the shore opposite Narvik, but were held at Labergdal Pass.

2nd Gebirgsjäger Division began to move 350 miles north from Trondheim to relieve 139th Gebirgsjäger Regiment isolated in Narvik.  The allies deployed troops at Mosjöen, Mo & Bodö to stop them.

The Polish destroyer Grom and British destroyer HMS Faulknor were patrolling off Narvik, bombarding German positions, when Grom was struck on her torpedo tubes by a German bomb and sank.

In the Netherlands 21 suspected “fifth columnists” and saboteurs were arrested.

Game day 247.  Neutral nations

All the neutral nations collected their resources.  Mexico commissioned a new factory complex.

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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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