The Falaise Gap I have been reading various volumes on WWII. What has started to bug me is the fact that the Western allies in Europe never were able to conduct an envelopment. They had a great chance in Sicily. Didn't happen. After Operation Cobra, the Falaise Pocket was never closed. After The Battle of the Bulge, the German Armies in that pocket were simply left to return to their former lines. In particular, looking at the Falaise Gap and why it was never closed, I find lots of reasons. 1.Monty wanted the glory for his Canadians but they were unable to make the breakout necessary to close the gap. 2.Bradley's G-2 gave Bradley bad intelligence in reporting the Germans were roaring out of the gap and he didn't want American troops in harms way. 3.Bradley was with Eisenhower and Eisenhower gave the order stopping XV corps at Argentan. 4.Patton was apparently able to move at will on the German Southern flank and even if ordered to stop on the Argentan-Sees line, where else do you read of Patton obeying orders when an opportunity presented itself? 5.Bradley didn't want the Third Army overrunning the Canadian Army. When too many reason are floated I start thinking cover up. And what I suggest is being covered up here is the fact that the Western Allies were afraid to get behind a retreating Germany Army. Hence, no successful envelopments. So, tell me where my thinking is faulty.