Europa Game IV, The German Invasion of Norway, April to June 1940.

Designed by Frank Chadwick and Paul R. Banner.

First Edition, September 1974

Initial publication. 12 x 15 zip lock bag, early games were shipped in a brown corrugated sleeve instead of a bag. Game Components:

  • one full and two partial map sheets (Europa maps 10, 5A and 11A, in white-black-blue colour)
  • two and a half sheets of die cut counters (Europa Countersheets 11, 12 & 13) (in 1st edition sheet #12 is a half-sheet)
  • one rules folder
  • one set of charts:
    • Norwegian Armed Forces Chart
    • Norwegian Initial Order of Battle
    • Allied Reinforcement Chart
    • Allied Unit Composition Chart
    • German Initial Order of Battle
    • German Reinforcement Chart
    • German Unit Composition Chart
    • CRT/Terrain Effects Chart (x2)
    • Turn Record Chart

The errata sheet for the game were dated September 1974, 1 November 1974, and 14 January 1978.

Narvik posed a problem for the Europa Series: the division-level approach of DNO made the operations in Norway trivial. Frank Chadwick determined that a detailed battalion-level approach would work on the Europa scale map of Norway. The result was an especially interesting study of invasion strategy in WW II. Narvik proved to be one of the favorite Europa games among GDW players.

Second Edition, February 1980:

Revision, reformat, and repackaging. Blue collage art box; the game was repackaged in a blue Europa Map box in October 1984. Errata sheets for the game were dated 21 April 1982 (which applied only to the first printing) and 21 April 1982. The 21 April 1982 errata is definitive.

Game Components of second edition:

  • two full map sheets (Europa Maps 10A and 5B, in white-black-blue-green-brown colour)
  • three sheets of die cut counters (Europa Countersheets 11A, 12A and 13A; for 720 counters)
  • one rules booklet (bound, without 3-hole punching, with black front cover)
  • one Norwegian and one Swedish "Europa-scale" double sided OOB/mobilisation supplement sheets
  • one set of charts:
    • Norwegian Armed Forces Chart
    • Norwegian Initial Order of Battle
    • Allied Reinforcement Chart
    • Allied Unit Composition Chart
    • German Initial Order of Battle
    • German Reinforcement Chart
    • German Unit Composition Chart
    • CRT/Terrain Effects Chart (x2)
    • Turn Record Chart

The second and subsequent printings of the 2/80 edition incorporated the map errata of the April 1982 errata, and thus the rules booklet dated 2/80 and charts dated 3/80. The 2/80 edition did not differ substantially from the 9/74 edition, but it did upgrade the maps to a multi-color format and incorporate the previously noted errata into the rules.

Print Runs:

  • (9/74) 4,895
  • (2/80) 8,420

Related Games

Narvik was succeeded by Storm over Scandinavia

Europa Play Aids Kit 3 was designed to expand Narvik.

References

The Europa Newsletter

An Europa-level Scenario: Operation Weserübung" by Gary J. Staglioano" in TEN #4

ETO Newsletter

Narvik Contest, ETO #10 and #ETO #11
Weserübung Süd – Adding Denmark to Narvik, A. E. Goodwin - ETO #53
Danish Armed Forces Chart (for Narvik), Bill Stone - ETO #53
Narvik counter graphics, Bill Stone - ETO #53

The Grenadier

Narvik review by Winston Hamilton - The Grenadier #11
Rules Variants in Narvik by Greg Novak - The Grenadier #3
Strategy and Tactics in Narvik by James Wells - The Grenadier #3

Nuts&Bolts

Narvik Players Aid, Nuts&Bolts #9

The Europa Magazine

Collector Series: Narvik Draft Rules. By Winston Hamilton. TEM 45
French and Polish Units in Narvik. By Jean- Guy Rathe. TEM 65
Narvik Report. By Winston Hamilton. TEN 3
Narvik: Errata, Addenda, and Rambling Commentary. By Kevin Boylan. TEM 16
Narvik Play Accessories. TEM 65

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