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Also after WW2, he didn’t go to live in west Germany like all or almost all other generals, he lived in east Ericch till his death. Enabled Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download.

As one who reads historical well researched military text, books, biography, and memoirs I highly recommend this book.

Certainly Hitler lived in a fantasy world to an extent and did all he could to ignore the reality around him. Even though the days of huge mansein battles are long gone, von Manstein’s memoires teach us how huge strategic situations can be thought about and handled.

An early English-language edition of Lost Victories. He recounts the Crimea campaign in a single page chapter. In that sense, the book has an exception mansttein value.

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. I had heard of the German tank commander from reading other historical accounts of things during WWII. This was a really great book and I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now. Manstein succeeds in giving the reader a clear and accurate insight of every grand operation he was involved in.

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Hitler is also described not in depth from Manstein’s personal view, which, will intrigue the reader. Retrieved from ” https: This memoir and Panzer Battles are highly informative, well bon and highly biased accounts of the grim Eastern Front campaigns. The things Manstein leaves out of Lost Victories are as important as the things he discusses, vvictories lead one to search out other sources to fill in the lacunae. Manstein’s “Lost Victories” has value for the reader for at least two different reasons.


Finally, there were gictories of Polish partisans who fought both Germans and Ukrainians. I had a superficial knowledge of history. And, finally, Manstein, victorkes his “Author’s Preface,” oddly enough speaks to Blumenson’s comment when he notes that page He was the initiator and one of the plann Erich von Manstein served the German military as a lifelong professional soldier.

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So, a interesting book, but also a hard one to deal with. Just a few thousand pounds, nothing like modern jets. The growth of partisans behind the German is similarly whitewashed. 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.

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. But Field Marshal Erich von Manstein vicfories the reader into the war rooms during the periodexplaining how certain decisions were made and why.

Indeed, Manstein, from a military perspective chose the least worst option throughout much of the campaign on the Eastern Front. 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.

His accounts of the various actions viictories was involved in during the War are excellent and his views on Hitler and German strategy make this a great book. After release from British prison inhe became a military advisor for the West German Government.

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

The required armies to break the encirclement never reached on time. Trivia About Lost Victories: This book touches minimally on the politics of war and, there is no mention of the holocaust Citino found its operational details useful, but criticized Manstein for “defending his generalship and reputation, hiding his participation in war crimes, and blaming others for everything that went wrong”: Manstein seemed to ignore the terrible and inhuman things the German army was responsible for on the Eastern Front.

Manstein’s book is interesting on many levels. Instead, he writes, Poland tried to “‘cover everything’ and surrender nothing voluntarily Manstein makes little to zero note on th This book was an interesting perspective from one of the best German Generals.


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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The same footnote goes on to discuss in further depth the different types of partisans and where they vin geographically based. One vo the most revealing facts was that Hitler did not have an understanding of the doctrine and refused to allow the army to conduct strategic retreats to gain a military advantage by its mobility. Manstein avoided political issues, treating the war as an operational matter. November 6, Sold by: By that I mean I knew a whole lot more facts and figures and dates than most of my friends.

After that, he put considerable energy into devising a plan for the invasion of France–and just as much energy getting someone at the highest echelons of the Wehrmacht to notice his plan. He also wrote that Hitler had halted the attack prematurely, a decision he called “tantamount to throwing away a victory”. 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.

His frustration with Hitler is clear, and the book also details his disagreements with Hitler and the OKH abt the handling of the war.

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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. There is always just the problem of the soldiers on both sides being killed, wounded, and maimed. 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. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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. It is not an autobiography strictly speaking, as there’s very little said about his childhood or his military career during WWI.