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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So, a interesting book, but also a hard one to deal with. Even if they are sometimes cluttered, they are very well drawn and virtually all place names included in the narrative can be found on at least one map, making it very easy to follow the sometimes swirling action.
The only thing that impedes a maximal mark is the technical part of the book, which makes it rather difficult for the mansttein reader. Showing great operational flexibility and creativity, Manstein dealt with these threats and then refocused efforts on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July Hitler had plainly ordered his forces to: Sep 18, Tom Hastings rated it liked it.
Erich von Manstein
Highly recommended to anyone interested in understanding grand strategic thinking and how the German General Staff operated.
I would read it in spite of all this, because even though he may say what is to be expected it I victlries about half way through this book. During World War II he attained the rank of Field Marshal Generalfeldmarschall and was held in high esteem by his fellow officers as one of the Wehrmacht’s best military minds.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There were a number of details in the book vitcories I haven’t seen elsewhere and were very helpful After Manstein became an Army group commander, he had many meeting with Hitler, often the 2 of them alone.
Therefore, I had to read this book when I saw it on the bookshelf of the local bookstore. 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. It is not an autobiography strictly speaking, as there’s very little said about his childhood or his military career during WWI.
I had a superficial knowledge of history. I find it interesting he doesn’t speak of his days as an infantryman. This book is excellent if one likes personal memoirs.
See and discover other items: Unfortunately, it did not address the role of the paramilitary units that followed the army into conquered territories inflicting genocide on people. After Manstein became an Army group commander, he had many meeting with Hitler, often the 2 of them alone.
Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General by Erich von Manstein
manstfin 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. Manstein provides his perspectives of the vicotries wars in WWII, from the early German successes to their turning point in Russia. I am about half way through this book. He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy.
One must always read this sort of book with some cynicism, given the author’s very real motivation to make himself look clean of anything like war crimes.
But as a military look at what occurred this is a valuable book. Jan 12, Damien Angelet vidtories it did not like it.
Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General
Manstein explains war from the German perspective and cites numerous military strategy, troop movement, logistics, tactical plans, victories and, vjctories, while providing the reader a personal account of war. I found it too apologetical: His writing style and the information he conveys is very succinct and easy to follow regardless the subject matter he is discussing.
The most sober and realistic account I’ve read. His contribution to the campaign in France earned him a promotion to general.
Why and how Stalingrad was lost is clarified, albeit through Manstein’s view of world war II.