These days you always hear about how Britain was able to withstand the German attacks on a daily basis and how heroic the Brits were. To go along with this is the famous Miracle of Dunkirk where once again it has been made out that the British were able to heroically escape being trapped by the Germans Yet in reality it was nothing like that. Hitler had the ability and could of very easily destroyed Britain and the troops at Dunkirk. However he wanted to make it out to the British that he did not want a full out war with them and hoped that they would leave him be for a while so he could fight who he considered to be the number one threat. Russia.