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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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.

In this case, the memoir of V. One of 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.

Just a few thousand pounds, nothing like modern jets. Manstein seemed to ignore the terrible and inhuman things the German army was responsible for on the Eastern Front.

At best, he tries to justify the brutality of treatment towards some people by saying the Soviet were equally brutal Showing great operational fictories and creativity, Manstein dealt with these threats and then refocused victpries on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July Von Manstein maintains where rear area administration was in the ivctories of the German Army there was not partisan activity.

Want to Read saving…. His early days as a solider in WW1. As his mastery of strategic thinking grew, in he as chief of staff in one German army planned, pushed for and eventually won Hitler’s approval over the heads of G After realizing how important von Manstein was, his memoires showed how it was done It took me fifty years to understand who Erich von Manstein was, an orphan vctories into a family with a Prussian military tradition and with his new grandfather who had successful commanded an army, von Manstein desired to follow in those footsteps.

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It did not matter how many times the German tank units won, there was always more enemy to face on another day. Lost Victories ends rather abruptly with Manstein’s account of how he was unceremoniously transferred by Hitler from command of Army Group South to a “reserve” position back in Germany, a result of their repeated head-butting and Hitler’s perception that Manstein manxtein publicly questioning Hitler’s ability to command.

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

Lost Victories is one of a number of volumes written by members of the German Army in the late ‘s and early ‘s. Aside from that, a compelling read.

Nov 20, Jay rated it really liked it. While some may argue that hindsight is alwaysManstein provides his rationales for his proposals which are generally sound and probably would have changed the course of the war.

Lost Victories is well written and transcribed from the German language. The lesson is, a dictator, will more likely to listen to whoever he considers royal victpries him always saying yesnot whoever has the best ideas, especially when the time i 3 of 3 books this month on 3 most famous Germany’s generals in WWII.

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

He expressed an I was engrossed by this book of Erich von Manstein. And their inability to see that fundamental disconnect. There were a number of details in the mansteni that I haven’t seen elsewhere and were very helpful After Manstein became an Army group commander, he had many meeting with Hitler, often the 2 of them alone. He also wrote that Hitler had halted the attack prematurely, a decision he called “tantamount to throwing away a victory”.

Fascinating insight from a man who was there when it happened, that mansttein a lot of Manstein’s words involve plenty of blame shifting for Germany’s fortunes during the war – mistakes made by the OKW such as the infamous Halt Order at Dunkirk were often wrongly attributed to Hitler it was in fact Army Group Oost commander Gerd von Rundstedt who pushed for the halt, with Hitler merely validating the order many hours later. His counteroffensive after the Stalingrad catastrophe was amazing.


One of these items ships sooner than the other. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? But as a military look at w This memoir and Panzer Battles are highly informative, well written and highly losf accounts of the grim Eastern Front campaigns.

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Mansstein 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.

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. It was originally published in in German and the edition that I just re-read dates to The essential thing, as he wrote, is to “know how the main personalities thought and reacted to events.

For Shame Rather than repeating other reviewers, I focus mostly on previously-unmentioned content. A tremendous book, especially for its insights into dealing personally with Hitler not easy! He never was a Manwtein, just a German soldier dedicated to his country who manstwin his best and lost his victoories in efforts for his country and fellow soldiers.

Erich von Manstein November 24— June 9served the German military as a lifelong professional soldier.