The evacuation from the port of Dunkirk is the most massive military evacuation in history as it transported tens of thousands of British and French soldiers on board British naval ships and British citizens after an appeal from their government to them to transport as many soldiers as possible against the backdrop of the overwhelming German victory in Belgium and the Netherlands and Luxembourg on May 10, 1940, the French and British forces were fortified behind the Mageno Line, with a number of soldiers amounting to half a million. A plan was launched to attack Belgium to push the German forces back.

Dunkirk evacuation, France

The scythe strike plan was implemented for the German general Erich von Manstein, where the German forces set out through central France to reach the western coast of Het after its launch from the forests of the Ardennes from where the allies did not expect; as a result, to cut off the road to the Allied forces in the north of France and prevent them from returning to Paris and on May 19 after only nine days. From the beginning of the war, German forces reached the West French coast, completely blocking the way for half a million French and English soldiers.

The scythe strike plan

The fateful mistake committed by the Germans was to stop the attack on the port of Dunkirk, and we leave now to German General Manstein to describe the incident as he knew it.

Victory in northern Belgium was not as complete as it might seem. Churchill announced their success in evacuating 338229 soldiers - including 27179 Frenchmen from the port of "Dunkirk." Even though they had lost all their heavy equipment in that process, and this successful evacuation is mainly due to Hitler, who twice halted the advance of our armor - once as she walked ashore and a second time around "Dunkirk" interfered and was given three reasons for the recent decision that opened a golden bridge in front of the British army crossing fighting.

The first is that Hitler wanted to protect German armor in the second part of the campaign against France because Kettle told him that the soil around the "Dunkirk" tank was unfit. The second proposal was that Göring told him the ability of Luftava to thwart any attempt to escape from "Dunkirk." And, to consolidate his point of view, "Göring" gave some statements that protected his face and appearance, and both ex-captivity was a military line. And the third reason is that "Hitler" - according to his talks with "von Rendstedt" - deliberately allowed the British to flee, believing that this would facilitate negotiations with Britain.

Adolf Hitler Salute The Wehrmacht.

Whatever the answer, "Dunkirk" was one of Hitler's biggest military mistakes. He thwarted his attempt to invade Britain and thus allowed the latter to fight in Africa and Italy. While Hitler was satisfied with the idea of ​​a group of armies "A" about the enemy besieging northern Belgium with an attack across the Ardennes Forest "up to the sea, which ended at the doors of" Dunkirk. He did not fully accept the idea of ​​creating a starting point for the next stage simultaneously.

And his fateful fault of stopping the progress of armored vehicles at "Dunkirk" was not visible at the time, as the image of the ivory shore with abandoned equipment deceived every person who was not aware of the success achieved by the British in withdrawing their forces on the coast.