Rommels Kasserine plan approved

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Rommels Kasserine plan approved

Post by von_noobie » Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:52 am

Looking back at the Tunisian campaign, Where Rommel was forced to go ahead with his planned attack through the Kasserine Pass with a much smaller force then what he envisioned using.. What would the outcome have been had he been giving what he wanted for the attack? Seeing as he did so much with what he was given.. If he had gotten what he wanted I'm inclined to believe that he would have caused some serious casualties or at least a hasty retreat leaving behind mountains of supplies for the Axis forces to give the 8th Army under Montgomery a serious blow being able to concentrate there efforts against them while the Yanks regrouped and resupplied.

Just to summarize it and keep things from becoming complicated Rommel given control of all units he wanted for the offensive through the Kasserine Pass, What would the outcome be of that offensive? And if your up to it how may it affect future operations.

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Re: Rommels Kasserine plan approved

Post by Ronald Lameck » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:44 pm

While the fully envisioned Kasserine would, as you suggest, surely have created a lot more chaos and mayhem among the Allied forces advancing from the west aand allow a stiff punch to Eighth Army advancing from the east, that would only delay the inevitable. Hitler may have tended to over-reward this success, and devote still more men and materiel to the theatre. Then, an even more Axis resources would have been lost in the inevitable surrender. The Allied air and naval superiorities were simply too large to overcome. The Axis supply problem would only be made worse with still more troops and ordnance to sustain. The Achilles Heel of the Axis was over-extension. You'd think Hitler and Mussolini would have learned from Stalingrad.
Where would this re-inforcement come from, save the East Front? But Hitler was already consumed with gathering up every possible stone to throw at Kursk. While retaining at least a toe-hold in Africa was vital politically to keep Italy in the war, it was also militarily impossible.
The best course would have been to use the time and space gained by a greater Kasserine victory to:
1. Gather up every morsel of abandoned Allied supplies that was possible.
2. Do a "reverse Dunkirk" while the Allies were still in disarray. Get every man and machine "Out of Africa". (What a great phrase for a title! Someone should write a book/.make a film called that!)
3. Organise an in-depth defense of Sicily, Sardinia and south Italy.
After all, the experienced, skilled soldiers of D.A.K. and the fruit of the Italian military died or were dragged off to prison camps in the ensuing 6 months. Those men could have stood yeoman's service with the shorter lines of communication and supply. The rest of 1943 could have been much bloodier for the Allies.
However, the ultimate end of the war would not have changed. It may have lasted longer, but only by a few weeks, at best.

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