chapter  6
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Assessing the terrain and the defences

The problems the Germans met in Norway were intimately connected with the mountainous character of the country which channelled their attacks into defensible valleys and obliged them to undertake costly opera-

tions using precious mountain troops. By contrast, the experience of the

French campaign had shown what could be achieved when tracked,

armoured vehicles were let loose in favourable country. Further to this, care

had to be taken in selecting landing sites both for the purpose of getting

ashore and for opening the way to favourable routes inland. The broad

strategy had been decided with terrain in mind and the tactical outcome

would be influenced by the accuracy and relevance of the facts as known to

the Germans at that time. A great deal of documentation survives.