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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Manstein makes little to zero note on the evils of the Nazi regime, keeping the writing strictly to military victoriea at the operational level. This book is excellent if one likes personal memoirs.

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

Von Manstein maintains where rear area administration was in the hands of the German Army there was not partisan activity. The things Manstein leaves out of Lost Victories are as important as the things he discusses, and lead one to search out other sources to fill in the lacunae. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? I can tell anyone that is interested in this area of history that this is a must read for WW II Eastern front military history buffs.

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Sep 18, Tom Hastings rated it liked it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I would say it is apologetic, lkst some ways. Further, the dialogue between Hitler and Manstein brings to light how a leader inept in policy and strategic decision making can lead to defeat on the battlefield.


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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. Perhaps he is hiding something? This was a really great book and I can’t believe I haven’t read victoriss up until now.

Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to the Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city. 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.

Write a customer review. He covers not only the battles he was involved but also the interactions with Hitler and he even has some personal matters he touches on including the death of his son.

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

Discussing the abortive plan to invade Britain inManstein wrote: 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 mansteij with Hitler. His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective.

Don’t read this if you are looking for a factual based history of the war which deals with objective truth about the events and the people but do read it if you want a first hand account of battles and events Erich von Manstein saw and influenced during WWII.

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

Powell rated it really liked it. Mastein ultimately caused the collapse of the German army in the east through attrition. He was the initiator and one of the planners of the Ardennes-offensive alternative in the invasion of France in Mar 11, Zhang Tao rated it liked it.

Dec 24, Lei rated it really liked it Shelves: He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, later reduced to 12 but he only served 4 years before being released.

Llst so, there is some interesting observation and analysis here of what it meant to be in the army at the time Hitler was making up his mind on the invasion of Poland. The second issue is how the relationship between Hitler and Von Manstein and by extension that manstrin Hitler and the German generals is presented. Manstein succeeds in giving the reader a clear and accurate insight of every grand operation he was involved in.

Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a soldier, discussing only those matters that had direct bearing on events in the military field. He also like an aristocrat puts the blame on Paulus for not breaking out at Stalingrad.

German soldiers were brave, did their duty, didn’t pillage, didn’t torture, the Soviet’s were victorjes, and my favorite, were the victims of a totalitarian system!