That is what Field Marshal von Manstein suggests in his title, Lost Victories. By the summer of , after defeating France, Hitler’s Germany was master of. Lost Victories has ratings and 48 reviews. Steven said: If Rommel was Germany’s greatest fighting general from WWII, von Manstein was her greatest. Lost Victories by Erich Manstein, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Erich von Manstein

He characterized the local guerilla forces as follows: In that sense, the book has an exception historical value. Discussing the abortive plan to invade Britain inManstein wrote: There is great poignancy in Manstein’s recalling the desperate situation in Stalingrad, as General Paulus followed Hitler’s stupid order to defend at all costs.

And for Manstein it was almost always him trying to change Hitlers mind and only occasionally succeeding. The book was first published in West Germany inthen in Spain in In he was tried in Mantein for war crimes and was convicted of “Neglecting to protect civilian lives” and using scorched earth tactics which denied vital food supplies to the local population.

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His frustration with Hitler is clear, and the book also details his disagreements with Hitler and the OKH abt the handling of the war. Retrieved from ” https: It ends up lessening manstei tarnishing the image and reputation of one of the most brilliant of the German generals in World War 2. He was the initiator and one of the plann Erich von Manstein served the German military as a lifelong professional soldier.


Perhaps that is bias on my part. Preview — Lost Victories by Erich von Manstein.

Likely Germany’s most intelligent general. Now in this particular case I know that Manstein glosses over the atrocities committed by German soldiers and he makes no mention of the Holocaust as did all the biographies written by any of the German generals. The book begins with a very brief description of Manstein’s service prior to the s, having reached the rank of Captain by the end of World War I. Two, it is an intriguing, unself-conscious reflection on good people carrying out their tasks for the worst possible causes in this case, Adolf Hitler’s horrific vision of a Third Reich.

This is mansteni type of biography I have always enjoyed reading as you get the persons view point and his thoughts totally unvarnished.

Pages with related products. The second issue is how the relationship between Hitler and Von Manstein and by extension that between Hitler and the German generals is presented. Daviesthat aspect of Masntein Siege was self-serving, as it allowed Manstein to ignore several occasions, such as the fall of Kiev in Novemberin which he was deceived and defeated by the Stavka.

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We have Von Manstein’s word that tell us these things but we have no feeling of them, there is no metaphorical punch in the gut. Is this feature manstfin There were a number of details in the book that I haven’t seen elsewhere and were very helpful in understanding what happened on the Russian Front.

He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. But as a military look at w This memoir and Panzer Battles are highly informative, well written and highly biased accounts of the grim Eastern Front campaigns.


Why and how Stalingrad was lost vidtories clarified, albeit through Manstein’s view of world war II.

Lost Victories : The War Memoirs of Hilter’s Most Brilliant General

I’ll give it a 4 because of ALL the info that probably Well written. By that I mean I knew a whole lot more facts and figures and dates than most of my friends. As his mastery of strategic thinking grew, in vitcories as chief of staff in one German army planned, pushed for and eventually won Hitler’s approval over the victiries of German military headquarters of his plan that won France in six weeks.

Paperbackpages. On operational matters—deployment and maneuver of divisions, corps, and armies—they are as good a source as you can find. In addition to the descriptions of the event with an emphasize that might kost different from typical history book, the author also add in many insight and comment about the challenges and opportunities of the situation he was facing and how and why they were developed as such. Nov 20, Jay rated it really liked it. Great for those that like this sort of thing.

The essential thing, as he wrote, is to “know how the main personalities thought and reacted to events. This book is usefully read in conjunction with the work by Heinz Guderian, “Panzer Leader. Berghahn Books, page xiv.

This book is excellent if one likes personal memoirs. Neither the legions of the Empire nor the Whermacht will be seen again.