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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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 haven’t read this yet, but who’s Hilter? He also wrote that Hitler had halted the attack prematurely, a decision he called “tantamount to throwing away a victory”.
In this book he doesn’t pass much judgement on Hitler’s choices of strategic objectives, and he recognizes that some objectives had political or economic significance that a purely military planner would have ignored.
This memoir and Panzer Battles are highly informative, well written and highly biased accounts of the grim Eastern Front janstein. Certainly Hitler lived in a fantasy world to an extent and did all he could to ignore the reality around him. The only thing that impedes a maximal mark is the technical part of the book, which mxnstein it majstein difficult for the usual reader.
There’s an appendix at the end of the book with a brief biography, but it is very scarce.
Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General by Erich von Manstein
Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. 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 writes about this in a page chapter.
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. Refresh and try again. I’d read elsewhere the average life expectancy of a Soviet soldier on the front line was only 13 days. Manstein seemed to ignore the terrible and inhuman things the German army was responsible for on the Eastern Front.
And, in this context, of Hitler’s orders not to retreat, despite the desperate strategic situation in which the German forces found themselves. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Advanced Search Find a Library. Von Manstein maintains where rear area administration was in the hands of the German Army there was not partisan activity.
Even allowing for the era this was written this is a surprising and somewhat shocking omission. He was Gerd von Rundsted’s chief of staff during the Polish campaign. Also, as the Russians advanced they’d put all the people they “liberated” to work. I had a superficial knowledge of history. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. He also like an aristocrat puts the blame on Paulus for not breaking out at Stalingrad.
He also spoke of the Italian artillery units, in the desert war.
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. But as a military look at what occurred this is a valuable book. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
Contrary to revisionists who assert that France was unprepared for action, Manstein cited a study by von Tippelskirch, which noted how France had raised divisions in only three weeks in the autumn ofincluding many that consisted of well-armed, well-trained reservists. Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to the Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city.
This is the type of biography I have always enjoyed reading as you get the persons view point and his thoughts mandtein unvarnished. It is a purely military memoir, and very rarely goes into any personal or political topics.
It is as with almost of them an important work providing insight and thoughts from one of the central actors in the 2nd World War. 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.
I found it too apologetical: Manstein’s book is too typical. This would be like reading a biography of a Confed This was a really great book and I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now.
Daviesthat aspect of Verlorene Siege was self-serving, as it allowed Manstein to ignore several occasions, such as the fall of Kiev in Novemberin which he was deceived and defeated by the Stavka.
This is his memoir, written in the s. German soldiers were brave, did their duty, didn’t pillage, didn’t torture, the Soviet’s were brutal, and my favorite, were the victims of a victoriee system! After initial successes, manstdin Army had to fight off Soviet counterattacks and amphibious landings in their rear, which hindered their efforts to subdue the fortress city of Sevastopol.
On the plus side, the book includes many very useful maps that cover ,anstein entirety the text. An early English-language edition of Lost Victories. Details Additional Physical Format: 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 create a picture of the events in my mind.
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