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

As one who reads historical well researched military text, books, biography, and memoirs I highly recommend this book. His accounts of the various actions he manstei involved in during the War are excellent and his views on Hitler and German strategy make this a great b Having first read this book in I find that it is still one of the best military memoirs of WW2.

His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective. Wikipedia has an article about: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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

A more annoying feature to me is the tendency to repeat the same argument or descriptions of the same situation over and mansrein again, especially in dealing with his disagreement with Hitler. Set up a giveaway. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He starts of the book pretty much working for von Rundstedt just before the war. To see what your friends thought of manshein book, please sign up. It is always a very rewarding experience for any history enthusiastic to get a glimpse at the event through first hand account.

Inhistorian Volker Berghahn called Manstein’s memoirs “totally unreliable”; if more had been known about his war crimes during the s, he might have been hanged. Sep 18, Tom Hastings rated it liked it. Also responsible for invading Poland, starting the Second World War, which took the lives of anywhere from 50 million to 70 million people, including the above figure.

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He was the initiator and one of the planners of the Ardennes-offensive alternative in the invasion of France in Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a soldier, discussing only those matters that had direct bearing on events in the military field.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Davies noted that nowhere in his memoirs or other post-war writings did Manstein explicitly condemn National Socialism. His frustration with Hitler is clear, and the book also details his disagreements with Hitler and the OKH abt the handling of the war. This book is excellent if one likes personal memoirs. The most sober and realistic account I’ve read. Perhaps he is hiding something? Oct 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thank you for your feedback.

Could somebody combine this kindle book to the rest of the editions. And, finally, Manstein, in his “Author’s Preface,” oddly enough speaks to Blumenson’s comment when he notes that page 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. He became one of the most prominent commanders of Nazi Germany’s armed forces Wehrmacht.

But I got bogged down on the rest of the book. This page was last edited on 18 Augustat But despite Von Manstein’s words that he emphasized all these things and emotions to Hitler, you never feel them and you have the definite sense that Hitler never felt them either.

The Polish Bzura counteroffensive, though later dwarfed by Soviet battles, was the largest of its kind up to that time. At that time it seemed to me to be both the most pivotal and the coolest.

Instead, he writes, Poland tried to “‘cover everything’ and surrender nothing voluntarily The required armies to break the encirclement never reached on time. He commanded the failed relief effort at Stalingrad and the Cherkassy pocket evacuation.

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 it gets tough and he feel his authority is getting challenged. In the end Lost Victories left me with a bitter-sweet aftertaste. The essential thing, as he wrote, is to “know how the main personalities thought and reacted to events. Manstein was promoted to field marshal as a result.


Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General by Erich von Manstein

The author belonged to the Junker class of military families of Prussian or East German origin. Lists with This Book.

By that I first read an edition of this when I was a teenager, in the late ‘s. The same footnote goes on to discuss in further depth the different types of partisans and where they were geographically based. His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective.

Books by Erich von Manstein. Open Preview See a Problem? While this incident certainly provides a logical and convenient stopping point, one certainly would have appreciated his cictories on the final year of the war, even if he was no longer actively in command. Manstein’s book opened my eyes to the destructive role Hitler played over the German military by interfering in the conduct of the war at the operational level.

One can’t help but believe that the Soviets would have been fought to a standstill and Germany may well have had two or more years in which to develop her jet fighters and second generation heavy tanks.

It glides over some of the more diabolical matters of war and civilians, but then we are listening to a soldier’s account concerning military battles.

Manstein was the man who came up with the idea of the attack through the Ardennes and Sedan to conquer France. Manstein avoided political issues, treating the war as an operational matter. Manstein displayed operational brilliance on many occasions, but he was continually hamstrung by Hitler’s “to the last man” directives, his parsimonious supply of reinforcements and replacements, and his refusal to make decisions on a timely basis.

Finally, there were bands of Polish partisans who fought both Germans and Ukrainians.