Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Rommel's "Dash to the Wire"
Rommel tried his famous "Dash to the Wire", because he thought that the move would be the stroke that broke the British morale. The move certainly panicked the British support troops, which broke and ran. Claude Auchinleck, however, was not to be defeated by anything but a battle. Except for Auchinleck, the "Dash for the Wire" would have worked, as General Cunningham would have withdrawn from the battlefield. The Wikipedia piece on "Operation Crusader" summarizes the story.