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One could ask the same question of the Allies in 1944

By later summer 1944, Allied troops advancing from the beaches of Normandy, and troops advancing up from Italy, through eastern France had effectively outdistanced their support and supply lines. Troops were ordered to stop. Advancing tank divisions were starved of gasoline. All so that that infrastructure and supply lines could be expanded. At the same time, the Germans were in full retreat and had broken ranks. After the war it was determined that if the Allies had made a concerted effort to continue, they could have reached Berlin by December. Instead, the Germans fell back, gaining time to regroup in Holland, and western Germany. By fall German reinforcements started to arrive, and they were able to repel Allied advances through norther Holland. By Winter they were able to launch a full counter attack.

My understanding of Dunkirk is Hitler thought by "giving a sporting chance" the Brits would be more willing to accept a German peace, with King Edward VII reinstalled as a puppet monarch. There was a sizable contingent within UK aristocracy and various political parties who favored a peace with Germany, and quietly agreed with German views regarding specific ethnic groups. The Battle of Britain and the Blitz changed a lot minds and created a stiff resolve to defeat the Hun at all costs.

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