Michael the Pole
From: Houston, Texas
I think Oslo and Copenhagen should be placed in the Baltic zone. Even to amphibious assault Copenhagen places the German fleet at the mercy of the Royal Navy, as it currently stands.
I agree for Copenhagen
I'm not sure is the right way for Oslo.
Historically allies sunk a lot of transport on the way to Norway, on the other hand German sent a lot of infantry
through sea .. ..
If you place Oslo in Baltic Sea, German Forgot the troubles about naval transport in Norway.
I think if you place Oslo in Baltic Sea is too simple for German but if you place where is it, it's too dangerous...
I agree that Oslo and Copenhagen should be in the Baltic Sea Zone. All of the Kriegsmarine losses to the Royal Navy occured along or off the Norweigan West coast. (The Blucher was sunk in Oslofjord by a 50 year old coastal defence battery bought from and istalled by Kruppwerks!)
The German targets for the Norweigan operation (quoting from Wikipedia:)
"Battlecruisers (or fast battleships) Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as distant cover, plus ten destroyers with 2,000 mountaineering troops under General Eduard Dietl to Narvik;
Heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper and four destroyers with 1,700 troops to Trondheim;
Light cruisers Köln and Königsberg, artillery training ship Bremse, transport Karl Peters, two torpedo boats and five motor torpedo boats with 1,900 troops to Bergen;
Light cruiser Karlsruhe, three torpedo boats, seven motor torpedo boats and mtb mothership (Schnellbootbegleitschiff) Tsingtau with 1,100 troops to Kristiansand;
Heavy cruiser Blücher, heavy cruiser (formerly pocket battleship) Lützow, light cruiser Emden, three torpedo boats and eight minesweepers with 2,000 troops to Oslo;
Four minesweepers with 150 troops to Egersund."
Placing Oslo and Copenhagen in the Baltic Sea Zone is a better simulation of the naval situation for Uperation Wesser. Germany could have taken control of Oslo with paratroops and naval forces and never met the Royal Navy.
The important issue to keep in mind is although the Germans immediatly secured the capital at Oslo on April 9, the Norwegian Parliment, Royal Family and the national gold reserves evacuated the city, which kept the fighting going in the south until the eventual evacuation of the government around May 1st. The country wasnt secured until Narvic was finally captured on June 9.