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Lost Victories has ratings and 48 reviews. Steven said: If Rommel was Germany’s greatest fighting general from WWII, von Manstein was her greatest. 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 by Erich Manstein, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Manstein’s book is interesting on many levels.

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Views Read Edit View history. As a result of the foolish attempt to take the major city of Stalingrad and drive into the Caucasus to take the oil fields there, the Germans in the south were badly overextended, and forced to rely on the sub-standard armies of their allies the Italians, Rumanians, and Hungarians.

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I’ll give it a 4 because of ALL the info that probably won’t be found in other books. Lists with This Book. A German defeat in the East was never the way it was meant to be if only… Dec 24, Lei rated it really liked it Shelves: He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, later reduced to 12 but he only served 4 years before being released.

And their inability to see that fundamental disconnect.

Lost Victories : War Memoirs of Hitlers Most Brilliant General [Paperback]

The lesson is, a dictator, will more likely to listen to whoever he considers royal to him always saying yesnot whoever has the best ideas, especially when the time i 3 of 3 books this month on 3 most famous Germany’s generals in WWII.

The Best Books of This book doesn’t provide any real insights, but I guess that is because what he said was published in and have been a part of the history books and debate since then. Manstein was a proud German officer of the Prussian tradition, which led to repeated contretemps with Hitler over how the war in the East should be conducted.

Lost Victories Erich Manstein. Great for those that like this sort of thing. Manstein describes his interactions with Hitler, and analyzes Hitler’s weaknesses victorids a military commander, in some depth on several occasions in the last few hundred pages of the book. At best, he tries to justify the brutality of treatment towards some people by saying the Soviet were equally brutal Showing great operational flexibility and creativity, Manstein dealt with janstein threats and then refocused efforts on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July His accounts of the various actions he was involved in during the War are excellent and his views on Hitler and German strategy make majstein a great book.


The remainder of the book almost pages is devoted to Manstein’s operations on the Eastern Front. This could give the British and French an excuse for not fulfilling their treaty obligations to Poland [which they did not fulfill anyway].

He wrote not as a historical investigator but as one who played an active part in the story he was relating. He ivctories let anyone try. While some may argue that hindsight is alwaysManstein provides his rationales for his proposals which are generally sound and probably would have changed the course of the war.

He characterized the local guerilla forces as follows: Want to Manwtein Currently Reading Read. Robin Lee You mean “Hitler”, right?

Victiries was originally published in in German and the edition that I just re-read dates to Some features of WorldCat will not be available. Your rating has been recorded.

Manstein writes about this in a page chapter. Aside from that, a compelling read. Manstein makes little to zero note on the evils of the Nazi regime, keeping the writing strictly to military decisions at the operational level. Open Preview See a Problem? In addition to the descriptions of the event with an emphasize that might be different from typical history book, the author also add in many insight and co It is always a very rewarding experience for any history enthusiastic to get a glimpse at the event through first hand account.

After Manstein became an Army group commander, he had many meeting with Hitler, often the 2 of them alone. After initial successes, 11th Army had to fight off Soviet counterattacks and amphibious landings in their rear, which hindered their efforts to subdue the fortress city of Sevastopol.

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He then describes his service largely as a staff officer during Germany’s resurgence and the rebuilding of the armed forces under Hitler. His writing style and the information he conveys is very succinct and easy to follow regardless the subject matter he is discussing.

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

WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. His frustration with Hitler is clear, and the book also details his disagreements with Hitler and the OKH abt the handling of the war. After realizing how important von Manstein was, his memoires showed how it was done It took me fifty years to understand who Erich von Manstein was, an orphan adopted into a family with a Prussian military tradition and with his new grandfather who had successful commanded an army, von Manstein desired to follow in those footsteps.

All the men under age 60 were given a rifle and put on the front line, everyone else helped with supplies or food prep. This is the type of biography I have always enjoyed reading as you get the persons view point and his thoughts totally unvarnished. Obviously, Manstein only lets us see the things he wants us to see, but this I found very interesting and I felt as though I was looking through his eyes when reading some accounts.

Oct 10, John rated it really liked it. Even though the days of huge land battles are long gone, von Manstein’s memoires teach us how huge strategic situations can be thought about and handled. He expressed an opinion that they were more deserving of credit than history usually gives to them. Languages Polski Edit links.

You may send this item to up to five recipients. In November the Soviets launched a major offensive which cut off the entire 6th Army at Stalingrad, and destroyed two Rumanian armies.