The northwestern region of Europe has traditionally been viewed as an isolated flank area relative to the central front. Limited war and fail accompli scenarios dominated security thinking during the 1960s and 70s.
Holst, Johan Jørgen
"Changing Northern European Views on Security and Arms Control,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 43
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol43/iss2/9