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Operation Weserübung - April 09, 1940

Unternehmen Weserübung - Invasion of Denmark and Norway
Western Front By: Pete Repete - Last update: 02/18/2012
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Historical Background:
Operation Weserübung was the code name for Germany's assault on Denmark and Norway during the Second World War and the opening operation of the Norwegian Campaign. The name comes from the German for Operation Weser-Exercise (Unternehmen Weserübung), the Weser being a German river.
In the early morning of 9 April 1940 (Wesertag; "Weser Day"), Germany invaded Denmark and Norway, ostensibly as a preventive manoeuvre against a planned, and openly discussed, Franco-British occupation of Norway. After the invasions, envoys of the Germans informed the governments of Denmark and Norway that the Wehrmacht had come to protect the countries? neutrality against Franco-British aggression. Significant differences in geography, location and climate between the two countries made the actual military operations very dissimilar.
Strategically, Denmark's importance to Germany was as a staging area for operations in Norway, and of course as a border nation to Germany which would have to be controlled in some way. Given Denmark's position in relation to the Baltic Sea the country was also important for the control of naval and shipping access to major German and Soviet harbours.
Small and relatively flat, the country was ideal territory for German army operations, and Denmark's small army had little hope. Nevertheless, in the early morning hours, a few Danish troops engaged the German army, suffering losses of 16 dead and 20 wounded. The Germans lost 203 soldiers, together with 12 armoured cars and several motorcycles and cars destroyed. Four German tanks were damaged. One German bomber was also damaged. Two German soldiers were temporarily captured by the Danes during the brief fighting.

Eastern flank
The first clash between the Danish Army and the invading forces occurred at Lundtoftbjerg, where a Danish platoon armed with two 20 mm guns and a light machine gun had taken up positions covering the road. The Danes briefly resisted before retreating. The Germans lost two armoured cars and three motorcycles, while the Danes lost one dead and one wounded.

Another German column reached Hokkerup a few miles east of Lundtoftbjerg, and also encountered roadblock, this time defended by a force of 34 Danish soldiers. The Danes knocked out three German armoured cars, forcing the Germans to pull back. The Germans set up a 37 mm gun 300 meters away, but only managed to fire one round before being knocked out. The Germans eventually managed to surround and capture the Danish unit, killing two Danish soldiers.

7 km north of Lundtoftbjerg the German forces encountered yet another roadblock defended by two 20mm guns German tanks pushed the roadblock aside and opened fire. One gun returned fire until a German tank drove over it. The gunner attempted to run for cover in the nearby woods, but was killed when a German airplane strafed the road. The second gun malfunctioned. The Danes tried to escape on the motorcycles but the Germans then surrounded and captured them.

Central front
In an encounter between Danish and German forces at Bredevad, 10 km north of the border, a German vanguard of 4 armoured cars approached the village. The Danes, just arrived and not even having time to build a roadblock, took cover in a garden and opened fire. A machine gun and a 20mm cannon manned by one and a half platoon fired warning shots. Ignored by the Germans, the Danes then opened fire, knocking out the lead armoured car and killing its driver. A short skirmish followed. The Danes knocked out three[19] more German armoured cars and suffered four casualties. The Germans managed to surround the Danes and force them into submission.

As the Danish forces at Søgaard army camp were preparing to pull back north to Vejle where the main force of the Jutland Division was preparing for battle, a short skirmish developed at Aabenraa as a Danish rearguard attacked the pursuing German vehicles. After damaging a German tank the rearguard pulled back to Haderslev.
Haderslev had a garrison of 225 men of the Jutland Division, which defended both the barracks in the town and the road leading into it. In the first fightings at the southern outskirts of Haderslev a Danish 37 mm anti-tankgun with a crew of five attacked the approaching tanks, which returned fire. Two tanks were damaged, but two of the crew were killed and the rest wounded. Just around the bend, another roadblock covered by two 20 mm cannons put up resistance. The Germans laid down heavy fire and a Danish soldier was killed, but the Germans were effectively pinned down. The fighting continued for ten more minutes until the order to surrender was received from Copenhagen. The Germans were then allowed to proceed into the town of Haderslav, but the Danish garrison stationed there had not received the order to surrender and fired on the Germans when they arrived, resulting in a battle. One German motorcycle trooper was killed and two tanks were damaged during the attack. Two Danish soldiers were killed while defending the barracks, and three Danish civilians were killed in the crossfire. However, the Danish garrison gave up when the order to surrender from Copenhagen finally came through.

Western flank
Tønder garrison
The first fighting in Western Jutland occurred against the garrison at Tønder. The first skirmish happened at Abild where two German armoured cars were knocked out by a 20 mm anti-tank gun before the Danes were forced to retreat. Further on, at Sølsted the Germans were completely halted, losing one armoured car and having another damaged. Only after receiving air support from three Henschel Hs 126 aircraft were the Germans able to push the Danish forces out of their positions and back to Bredebro. when the men of the Tønder garrison reached Bredebro the order to capitulate had been issued and the fighting was over.
Abild and Sølsted
At Abild, a Danish 20mm gun crew knocked out two German armoured cars of the German 11th Motorized Regiment before pulling back. At Sølsted, a Danish antitank unit consisting of less than 50 men set up a defensive position with a 20mm gun on a road. When a force of the German 11th Motorized Regiment approached, the Danes opened fire as soon as the first German armoured car came within firing range. The first German armoured car was knocked out and ended up in a ditch, while the next continued forward, but pulled back after being hit. It was hit several more times, but was able to fire back. German infantry attempted twice to outflank the Danish positions, but both attempts were met with heavy fire and became bogged down. Seeing that his attack was failing, the German regimental commander radioed for support. Three German Henschel Hs 126 planes soon appeared. The aircraft bombed and strafed the Danish force, until the Danish commander ordered his troops to fall back to Bredebo.

The Danish border was breached at Sæd, Rens, Padborg and Krusaa at 0415hrs. With the Kriegsmarine simultaneously landing troops at Lillebælt the troops at the border were cut off at the outset of the fighting.

In the Historical Background section you can read details on the three fronts. The danes were ordered to stop fighting by the government shortly after the invasion but Haderslev never got the message and kept on fighting against the overwhelming german forces.

The total of the invasion was 16 killed danish soldiers and 203 german.

Its now 04.25 the danes are rushing for their battlestations and the german army are rolling against them.

The game is set - the rest is history

Conditions of Victory:
Axis need 7 medals to win
Allies need 6 medals to win

The Medals in Haderslev are temporary

Special Rules:
The Danes stationed near the border are treated as French resistance due to their wast knowledge of the area. The Germans are standard troop

The danish troops in the barracks near Haderslev are elite troops

Blitz rules are active

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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