- Jan 2015
- Rupert's Land ;)
Chapter 3 The French Campaign - first big mistake of the war was letting the BEF escape at Dunkirk.
Unfortunate yes, but not a mistake.
Given that the Luftwaffe and the OKW were assured that the destruction of the port would prevent the British from withdrawing the BEF, there was no need to incur serious casualties on the Panzer forces to storm the defences, for a force that was trapped and doomed anyways. (The British also believed this)
Rommel's erroneous report from Arras gave Rundstedt serious concern, so guarding against a massive Allied counterattack was by far the most sensible option.