mellenthin wrote:Rommel has the right to ask what he needs. It is the high command that has to make up its mind whether it is willing or able to meet these requirements.
And if one is not willing or able to devote the necessary resources in a theatre then one needs to consider giving it up.
Or perhpas doing less. It' s not an all or nothing proposition as you seem to imply.
When Rommel did not get what he wanted,he needed to make do with less.
And he overextended himself in the process. "making do with less" usually involves implementing plans that use less resources.
This challenges a commander and Rommels successes within the restrictions he was working under are the reason why Rommel was an outstanding commander. An average commander will not be able to do this.
In many ways however his successes lead to his failures. What an "average" commander can or can't do is irrelevant.
Unfortunately the willingness to send more troops came when it was too late.
Yes if they had sent him more troops sooner those would have been lost as well making things easier for the allies as the war progressed.