The chronology of the events are documented and have been discussed ad nauseum over the years. Even AHF posters have been at it for 15 years or so.doogal wrote: ↑02 May 2019 18:05Was von Kliest aware of his Army Group commanders involvement in the decision to "halt" the PG`s armour, or did he assign the issuing of the order to Hitler post fact. Is there any record of communication between von Kleist and von Runstedt or was the decision made without his ( von Kleists) direct involvement,( i.e. was von Kleist approached for an opinion).
Unfortunately, as is normal on AHF, nobody ever takes any notice what other people post and simply bang on about what they want the evidence to mean so that it 'proves' their pet theory.
I doubt Kleist on 23/24 May knew of the bitchfight going on between OKH on one side and HG.A & AOK.4 on the other. Why should he? Ironically, it was from an overly pessimistic panzerlage report from Kleist that got Kluge worrying and suggesting a pause. Rundstedt took the advice and issued the infamous halt order. Brauchitsch countermanded. Hitler was visiting the front and decided to accept the advice of Rundstedt and supported and endorsed his order by overuling Brauchitsch.
2 days later Kleist brings up the issue directly with Hitler who confirms he ordered the halt. I doubt the pair had a cosy chat going into the minutae of how Hitler had had to step in and separate the Heer bitchfighters.