At 20220402 2251 ZT, DEFCON 3 has been declared for the Second Echelon of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights. Report for Duty by writing to INFO@TRLGAMES.COM if not yet enlisted.
1985: Deadly Northern Lights covers the Warsaw Pact offensive against the Nordic countries during the dramatic events of World War Three. Norway, Sweden, Finland and insular Denmark are in the cross-hair, facing the full might of Northern Fleet, Baltic Fleet and two Soviet Military Districts.
Basic information about the operation can be found at this link. In addition, this Second Echelon will be equipped with several updates and changes listed below.
Lines of Communication Map
The old LOC Charts have been replaced by the LOC Map used in 1985: Sacred Oil, covering the whole globe and allowing:
A more realistic handling of the reinforcements, both for NATO and Warsaw Pact.
A full integration with the Mutual Assured Destruction combined campaign, using two or more 1985 modules.
Operational Map Revision
The operational maps have been updated and the colours used for some terrains has been changed to make them easier to identify.
New Counters Layout
The counters have been updated using the layout introduced with 1985: Sacred Oil, with additional changes to cover specific aspects of the Northern Europe war theatre.
Additional counters to fully integrate with the other modules and with the 1985: Mutual Assured Destruction combined campaign:
Single ships for USN Carrier Battlegroups
USN Algol Class Fast Sealift Ships
NATO Atlantic Convoys
Updated Rules and Scenarios
The updated rules include the changes introduced by 1985: Sacred Oil, and the updated scenarios make full use of the new rules and LOC Map. Last but not least, both booklets have a new layout and have been reorganized using a (hopefully) more logical order.
From Comrade Counter-Admiral Joe Kussey, an in-depth analysis of the options available to Warsaw Pact for Operation Garbo – the invasion of Sweden.The document is also available for download at this link.
After playing Scenario #3 several times and invading Denmark, I thought I would take a look at the difficulties of invading Sweden. Invading Denmark seemed pretty straight forward – capture Copenhagen’s three city hexes and win the game. Because of the WP helicopter and air transport fleet, supply is not major concern in that scenario, unless WP loses Air Superiority over Copenhagen. Given the massive advantage of ground support vs brigades with a defense of “1”, it was just a matter of getting units into position and providing air support to the Polish Marines. Would this be the case with Sweden? After setting up, it is clear that this will be more difficult than invading Denmark.
Upon review, several things stand out. Unlike Denmark’s situation further southwest, Soviet airfields are more distant from Sweden, ruling out attack helicopter support until an airfield is secured and repaired. In addition, Soviet forces set aside to conduct the opening invasion are relatively light given the size of Sweden: 3 Air-Drop battalions, a Marine and a parachute brigade. This will make splitting forces risky. With no major geographic objective that could end the game (such as the fall of Copenhagen), Soviet forces will have to capture a ground to win. WP will need to fight on a broader front. In addition, Sweden also has a better equipped army and will receive NATO reinforcements.
The VASSAL Module for 1985: Deadly Northern Lights is finally here!
Being a monster game, we have a monster module. Due to size and security measures, we had to create zip files containing zip files. Follow these steps to create the module and start your Scandinavian campaigns:
If you’ve answered YES to all of the above, then 1985: Deadly Northern Lights VASSAL playtest is for you! You will test the Order of Battle and the module functions, and if you are really bold you could also be enlisted for preparing one or more scenario setup.
AFNORTH needs YOU! Enlist by writing to info@TRLGames.com!
….and COVID took the Wargaming Conventions. As there will be no conventions in the foreseeable future, we decided to send to the front the strategic reserve of copies kept until now for conventions usage. In plain terms, this means:
As a side note, 1985: Under an Iron copies are now moving to the distribution points….Europe shipping should begin next week, US and Canada could take a little longer as they have to traverse the North Atlantic SLOC.
Oh well that’s it….The Convention Is Dead, Long Live to the Convention!
SITREP 20200730 1300 ZT: Following the tradition of the previous offensives, this one too was fast and bloody. 1985:DNL copies are gone, but stay tuned in the next few days for the fifty 1985:UAIS ones!