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Lost Victories has ratings and 47 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. Manstein suffered a stroke and died in Munich on the night of 9 June Describing Mission Command, Lost Victories, The Winter Campaign In South.

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Nov 20, Jay rated it really liked it. Manstein displayed operational brilliance on many occasions, but he was continually hamstrung by Hitler’s “to the last victpries directives, his parsimonious supply of reinforcements and replacements, and his refusal to make decisions on a timely basis. The field marshal was one of the best strategist the Wehrmacht produced.

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

He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. It is a bit repetitive and tedious as seemingly every deployment of his forces is described. For a bit more information, check out his Wikipedia page. Likely Germany’s most intelligent general. Berghahn Books, page xiv. Any Luftwaffe support was too little, too late. But I got bogged down on the rest of the book. The same footnote goes on to discuss in further depth the different types of partisans and where they were geographically based.

But he wanted Hitler and the OKW to give him the independence due an army group commander to figure out how to achieve objectives in his own way.

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

But officers can think that. His new task was the conquest of the Crimean peninsula. 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. In the book, Manstein presented his own experiences, ideas and decisions as they appeared to him during the s and s.

Unlike the last set of books I just read written by David Glantz this book is very approachable for the person who has an interest in this area of history and wants a taste of what it was like from the viewpoint of a German general.

Lost Victories ; full title of English edition: I first read an edition of this when I was a teenager, in the late ‘s. Refresh and try again. Use mdy dates from October Pages using deprecated image syntax Pages to import images to Wikidata.

As his mastery of strategic thinking grew, in he as chief of staff in one German army planned, pushed for mansteein eventually won Hitler’s manztein over the heads of German military headquarters of his plan that won France in six weeks. After release from a British prison inhe became a military advisor to the West German Government.

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.

Just a few thousand pounds, nothing like modern jets. Throughout the book he takes swipes and Goring and Koch but never faces the issue of German mistreatment head-on. He defends the infamous “Commissar Order” by stating ‘On the contrary, they were – without being soldiers – fanatical fighters, but fighters whose activities could only be regarded as illegal according to the traditional meaning of warfare’. 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.

Book review: Lost Victories by Field Marshal Erich von Manstein

Sep 20, Pieter rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As I felt it was heavy to read sometimes, lacking the proper knowledge of the geography and environment, I had to piggyback on a map to victofies a picture of the events in my mind.

This book takes the reader from Poland to the offenses in the west to Barbarossa and the failed attempts to free Sixth Army and ultimatly there fate to the This was one of the best war time memoirs that I’ve read.

Von Manstein maintains where rear area administration was in the hands of the German Army there was not partisan activity. So, a interesting book, but also a hard one to deal with. This appeared by the way, not in the main body of the text, but in a footnote.

Another WWII memoir that you may like is: Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to the Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city. Not a word about the extermination squads, the wholesale round-ups of the people for the concentration camps, etc. Nov 17, C. An early English-language edition of Lost Victories.

In that sense, the book has an exception historical value. Von Manstein goes into detail about the political reasoning behind the decision to invade the country and why the German troops were so successful. 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. On operational matters—deployment and maneuver of divisions, corps, and armies—they are as good a source as you can find.

Perhaps he is hiding something? Manstein succeeds in giving the reader a clear and accurate insight of every grand operation he was involved in. The second issue is how the relationship between Hitler and Von Manstein and by extension that between Hitler and the German generals is presented. Along the same lines he never really provides an overview of the war in general that as commander that he really only had detailed knowledge of activities in his sphere.

Lost Victories by Field Marshal Erich von Manstein

However, it goes into a lot of detail on who, why, what and where on too many events. While some may argue that hindsight is alwaysManstein provides his rationales for his proposals which are generally sound and probably would have changed the cours Manstein provides his perspectives of the major wars in WWII, from the early German successes to their turning point in Russia.

All of them applicable to self-defense or full contact fighting sports. His accounts of the various actions he was involved in manstejn 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.

This is his memoir, written in the s.

victoties Knowing the context of the writing it still was a fascinating read about the largest conflict in human history told by a man who was in the middle of events both on the battlefield and behind the lines.

Robin Lee You mean “Hitler”, right? He starts of the book pretty much working for von Rundstedt just before the war.