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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Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General by Erich von Manstein
It is always a very rewarding experience for any history enthusiastic to get a glimpse at the event through first hand account.
In this book he doesn’t pass much judgement on Hitler’s choices of strategic objectives, and he recognizes that some objectives had political or economic significance that a purely military planner would have ignored. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.
Hats off to the master tactician who always fought against overwhelming numerical odds and pulled off the impossibles – especially Third battle of Kharkov and Battle of Crimea. 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.
Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to the Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city.
Manstein who was arguably Germany’s best general shares a glimpse of his personal bias, prejudice, allegiance to Germany, and, duty as a German Officer.
His biggest problem was Hitler’s insistence on holding every inch of ground captured, which placed too great a burden on the Germans’ over-extended and exhausted troops. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a soldier, discussing only those matters that had direct beari Originally published in Germany inand in England and the United States inthis classic memoir of WWII by a man who was an acknowledged military genius and probably Germany’s top WWII general, is now made available again.
Mansstein details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Lost Victories is the Erich von Manstein’s recollection of the operations and events he took part during WW2. I am about half way through this book.
Lost Victories : The War Memoirs of Hilter’s Most Brilliant General
Dec 24, Lei rated it really liked it Shelves: Zenith Press August 22, Language: This is the type of biography I have always enjoyed reading as you get the persons view point and his thoughts totally unvarnished.
Showing great operational flexibility and creativity, Manstein dealt with these threats and then refocused efforts on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July It was originally published in in German and the edition that I just re-read dates to Liddell Hart Foreword by.
It ends up lessening and tarnishing the image and reputation of one of the most brilliant of the German generals in World War 2.
Fascinating insight from a man who was there when it happened, that said a lot of Manstein’s words involve plenty of blame shifting for Germany’s fortunes during the war – mistakes made by the OKW such as the infamous Halt Order at Dunkirk were often wrongly attributed to Hitler it was in fact Army Group A commander Gerd von Rundstedt who pushed for the halt, with Hitler merely validating the order many hours later.
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Liddell Hart, in his “Foreword,” speaks victlries Manstein’s career well. In the end Lost Victories left me with a bitter-sweet aftertaste. Only one of the most evil men in all of history. Hitler is also described not in depth from Manstein’s personal view, which, will intrigue the reader. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, later reduced to 12 but he only served 4 years before being released.
This was one of the best war time memoirs that I’ve read. This book is usefully read in conjunction with the work by Heinz Guderian, “Panzer Leader. You vvictories to have a basic understanding of Easter European geography to appreciate the details of each campaign. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Neither the legions of the Empire nor the Whermacht will be seen again. I found it too apologetical: Yet I might be wrong.
Manstein was famous for “Manstein plan” victoties was used to take the battle of France in WWII, he was widely considered the best general in his time, and this book provides a lot of details of this thinking of the war, and his struggle with Hitler’s inner circle.
Just as Manstein arrived, however, the Soviets launched a series cictories large counterattacks which Manstein fended off, but which prevented the Germans from mounting their own assault on the city. This manstien caused the collapse of the German army in the east through attrition.
Perhaps he is hiding something? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. In retrospect, perhaps his book takes on an even greater significance.
And their inability to see that fundamental disconnect. Almost belatedly, his plan was adopted more or less intact, and Manstein got to help execute it as a corps commander.
Manstein gives a very interesting combination of first-hand appreciation of the developing event and front line experience at least in the early years when he still commands a corps. It is a purely military memoir, and very rarely goes into any personal or political topics.
Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General
See and discover other items: Aug 13, Curt Lorde added it. Powell rated it really liked it. But Field Marshal Erich von Manstein leads the reader into the war rooms during the periodexplaining how certain decisions were made and why. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And for Manstein it was almost always him trying to change Hitlers mind and only occasionally succeeding.