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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While there is certainly a great deal of truth in the idea that Hitler kept his generals compartmentalized there is also strong evidence that on the whole they know more than they cared to admit.
This would be of particular intellectual interests for those who have some knowledge about the background and how these event turned out historically.
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 retreats of 43and44 until his sacking in He recounts the Crimea campaign in a single mnastein chapter. I had no idea it was so little. In he was tried in Hamburg for war crimes and was convicted of “Neglecting to protect civilian lives” and using scorched earth tactics which denied vital food supplies to the local population.
Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General
It comes across as a series of ongoing professional disputes between an owner and a particularly dogged member of the board of directors. The Allies should be thankful he did not have the power to run the war.
He commanded the failed relief effort at Stalingrad and the Cherkassy pocket evacuation. Views Read Edit View history. What a ridiculous apologetic!
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Especially, concerning some of the mansteiin things the Nazi regime did. 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.
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Liddell Hart Foreword by. Only one of the most evil men in all of history. Mandtein Memoirs of Field-Marshal Kesselring. Sep 20, Pieter rated it it was amazing Shelves: The role of the notorious Reich Commissioner Koch in the development of extensive partisan activity in the Ukraine is given all of a sentence: He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy.
His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective. It ought to be like that.
From there he rose to command groups of armies on the eastern front as Field-Marshall von Manstein. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a soldier, discussing only those matters that had direct beari Originally published in Germany inand in England victogies the United States inthis classic memoir of WWII by a man who was an acknowledged military genius and probably Germany’s top WWII general, is now made available again.
Manstein provides an unvarnished picture of war and, engagement with the Russians on the eastern front.
His counteroffensive after the Stalingrad catastrophe was amazing. Manstein seemed to ignore the terrible and inhuman things the German army was responsible for on the Eastern Front.
Lost Victories : The War Memoirs of Hilter’s Most Brilliant General
His analysis of the various battles and overall strategy made me wonder how differently the war and the world would have turned out if Hitler had listened to him, and the large waste of lives that had ensued because Hitler did not. Hitler was to have a similar experience only a few years later – without ever learning his lesson from it. It is well worth reading from Manstein’s perspective though because he does go into detail about the opponents he was up against in West Europe and the Soviet Eastern Front.
As Manstein notes, such an approach ignores the ancient military dictum that “he who defends everything ends up holding nothing. Whatever his moral failures were, Von Manstein is one of history’s great captains. I would read it in spite of all this, because even though he may say what is to be expected it I am about half way through this book. A more annoying feature to me is the tendency to repeat the same argument or descriptions of the same situation over and over again, especially in dealing with his disagreement with Hitler.
He wouldn’t let anyone try. Mar 11, Zhang Tao rated it liked it. He was buried with full military honors.