The Baltic Sea can be characterized as a backwater maritime theater. When studying the maritime situation in the context of an armed conflict in Europe, naval writers often concentrate their efforts on the Norwegian Sea and the Atlantic sea-lanes, while limiting their treatment of the Baltic to its approaches.
"The Baltic: A Sea of Contention,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 41
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol41/iss3/6