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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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Polish Bzura counteroffensive, though later dwarfed by Soviet battles, was the largest of its kind up to that time. And, in this context, of Hitler’s orders not to retreat, despite the desperate strategic situation in which the German forces found themselves. After release from British prison inhe became a military advisor for the West German Government.

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The Sling and the Stone T. Not a word about the extermination squads, the wholesale round-ups of the people for the concentration camps, etc. The Best Books of 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.

The general falsely claimed that he wanted the 6th Army to be pulled out of Stalingrad after it was encircled, only to be overruled by Hitler, and attacked Hitler for launching Operation Citadel, a plan developed by Manstein himself for execution months earlier, before the buildup of Soviet defenses. Just as Manstein arrived, however, the Soviets launched a series of large counterattacks which Manstein fended off, but which prevented the Germans from mounting their own assault on the city.


He wrote not as a historical investigator mannstein as manztein who played an active part in the story he was relating. Manstein was a mansfein German officer of the Prussian tradition, which led to repeated contretemps with Hitler over how the war in the East should be conducted.

Check out the top books of the loost on our page Best Books of Customers who bought this item also bought. This was a really great mqnstein and I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now.

It did not matter how many times the German tank units won, there was always more enemy to face on another day. Showing great operational flexibility and creativity, Manstein dealt with these threats and then refocused efforts on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July And for Manstein it was almost always him trying to change Hitlers mind and only occasionally succeeding. I would read it in spite of all this, because even though he may say what is to be victoriee it I am about half way through this book.

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Discussing the invasion of PolandManstein alleged Poland’s lack of military leadership: Jan 05, Sicofonia rated it really liked it. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Von Manstein never forthrightly condemns those atrocities or the individuals involved. Book ratings by Goodreads.


vicotries Unfortunately, it did not address the role of the paramilitary units that followed the army into conquered territories inflicting genocide on people. Could somebody combine this kindle book to the rest of the editions 3 Jan 31, See 1 question about Lost Victories…. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

In the book, Manstein presented his own experiences, ideas and decisions as they appeared to him during the s and s.

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

Nov 20, Jay rated it really liked it. He also like an aristocrat puts the blame on Paulus for not breaking out at Stalingrad.

Nov 29, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. The scope of the book lasts until the removal of Manstein as chief of the Army Group acting in the South of the Soviet Union.

In retrospect, perhaps his book takes on an even greater significance. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein was probably the best operational commander the Germans produced during World War II, and possibly the best of any side; certainly he was up there with Slim, Patton, and Chuikov.

He was the hero of the Crimea forcing the Germans up to the Causasus.

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