Mark Conley said:Doppleganger said:Panser 003 said:In my opinion, the major tactical errors, costing the Axis the war were:
A.) Dunkirk: 140 000 French and 200 000 British soldiers were allowed to escape back to England, forming the bulk force of the allies initially. The Germans could have prevented this, but instead stopped their advances and allowed the rescue to take place. Oh well.....
Whilst it would have been better for Hitler to destroy these forces, I do not believe their escape had any determining factor on the outcome of WW2.
I beg to differ. We look apon most significant events involving battle or leadership.but we ignore morale of a people as a positive factor. I beg to say dunkirk was different in that it gave back England her hope, and gave their leadership a shot in the arm to pick it up from defeat to a victory of some sort. The rescue of those soldiers showed the english people their government still cared about its people...and sometimes morale is what turns the battle, with the help of a few bullets.
I beg to differ right back. I am British (specifically Scottish) and I can tell you that, whilst the 'Miracle at Dunkirk' was a huge morale booster, nonetheless we would have fought with *every* last breath to defend our island had an invasion come. We wouldn't have folded because of that one disaster that nearly happened.
Britain is an island, both her greatest strength and her greatest weakness. So we managed to save 330,000 soldiers but so what - it had very little strategic significance to the war as a whole. Those soldiers were isolated on an island with very little heavy equipment and with no prospect of them being used in any land conflict before D-Day. Thus to the German conquest of Europe it didn't make any real difference that they lost the chance to eliminate those forces.
Britain has always been all about the Royal Navy and for most of the industrialised modern era we truly ruled the waves. We have a very well trained army but it's always been the Navy that saved our skins. Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain only served to push a half-hearted Hitler towards the Soviet Union and anyway, Hitler's focus was always towards the East. One only has to read Mein Kampf to realise that. His ultimate aim was always to rid the eastern lands of the 'untermensch' to create 'Lebensraum' for the German peoples.
So I stand by my assertion that Dunkirk did *nothing* to change the outcome of WW2.