As we wrap up Maggie Bright I thought again about all the men and women who fought to save those trapped on the coast of France. I went looking into some facts and to be honest I wish I had more time to look into it.
One thing I did not know a lot about was the “Halt Order.” This has been on of those things the Germans did that is still debated today. It is also what allowed the 330,000 troops to be rescued. The debate is who made the order and why did Hitler okay it?
This is from Wikipedia – “In one of the most debated decisions of the war, the Germans halted their advance on Dunkirk. Contrary to popular belief, what became known as the “Halt Order” did not originate with Adolf Hitler. Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshals) Gerd von Rundstedt and Günther von Kluge suggested that the German forces around the Dunkirk pocket should cease their advance on the port and consolidate to avoid an Allied breakout. Hitler sanctioned the order on 24 May with the support of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW). The army was to halt for three days, which gave the Allies sufficient time to organise the Dunkirk evacuation and build a defensive line. Despite the Allies’ gloomy estimates of the situation, with Britain even discussing a conditional surrender to Germany, in the end more than 330,000 Allied troops were rescued.”
But I guess that is why I continue to read Historical books, to learn new things about our past. Was there anything new you learned from Maggie Bright?