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First Battle of Narvik, April 1940

Posted by Andy on June 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

A special thanks to Ed for authoring the following... 


On May 21st, a week earlier than usual to avoid Memorial Day Monday, a number of us had the GREAT opportunity to enjoy an outstanding naval gaming scenario GM’d by Daniel T. Shaw, of London, England.  The scenario was the British attack upon the fjord/port of Narvik in 1940.  His miniatures (ships) were excellent, but the real treats were the fabulous detailed maps, the visual aids (flags), and the well-researched scenario itself.  We British players were given many opportunities to succeed or fail, based entirely upon our own decisions.  And, our German opponent players kept up their own spirits despite their many setbacks.



I, Edward J. (of Houston), had the privilege of serving with a great team of friends, both old and new.  The five British H-Class destroyers were each commanded by Andy, Barry, Dan, and myself; we were very capably led by our flotilla commander: Capt Hardy.  The Admiralty had assigned our flotilla the task of landing our marine detachments into the port of Narvik and securing the town itself (and it’s no doubt valuable breweries!).


SPOILER ALERT!  Be advised that if you are planning to sign up for this scenario in the future, reading any further will spoil this game for you AND for your team!  Therefore, as Daniel plans to run this scenario again at both Heat of Battle AND Texas BROADSIDE!, if you plan to play this game at one of these two events then read no further.  Otherwise, click here to find out what happened.

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