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Why was air power decisive against the Allied navies during the Norwegian Campaign?
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German air power largely nullified Anglo-French naval superiority. The occupation of Denmark had proved an unqualified success, and with Danish as well as Norwegian bases the Luftwaffe was able to dominate southern and central Norway. Consequently, on April 9 German bombers successfully engaged the British Home Fleet west of Bergen, inflicting little physical damage but scoring an important psychological victory by demonstrating the threat to warships operating near the coast. Henceforth, the British Admiralty exercised great caution and risked only submarines to interdict German shipping en route to Oslo, with little success.