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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I was engrossed by this book of Erich von Manstein.

Likely Germany’s most intelligent general. On the other hand the newly founded Polish Army was French-taught”.

He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. Jan 12, Damien Angelet rated it did not like it. Manstein provides his perspectives of the major wars in WWII, from the early German successes to vitories turning point in Russia. See 1 question about Lost Victories….

His contribution to the campaign in France earned him a promotion to general. Refresh and try again.

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I also wondered if the German general of the sixth army was a closet communist and deliberately took actions that led to the capture of the sixth army. Accounts of the trial, the case against Manstein, and his defense are readily available online.

I find it interesting he doesn’t speak of his days as an infantryman. User lists Similar Items. Jan 05, Sicofonia rated it really liked it.

Books by Erich von Manstein. Lost Victories Erich Manstein. Could somebody combine this kindle book to the rest of the editions 3 Jan 31, 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.

And for Manstein it was almost always him trying to change Hitlers mind and only occasionally succeeding. The growth of partisans behind the German is similarly whitewashed. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: The world is grateful that things played out the way they did. Manstein’s “Lost Victories” has value for the reader for at least two different reasons. He was the hero of the Crimea forcing the Germans up to the Causasus.


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Discussing the abortive plan to invade Britain inManstein wrote: There is always just the problem of the soldiers on both sides being killed, wounded, and maimed. You may have already requested this item.

Discussing the invasion of PolandManstein alleged Poland’s lack of military leadership: Manstein seemed to ignore the terrible and inhuman things the German army was responsible for on the Eastern Front. Return to Book Page. He does not describe how he finished the war, or how he escaped the frequently fatal chaos of the final days of the Reich. Perhaps that is bias on my part. His memoires describe in detail the strategic and tactical considerations, blows and counterblows which included victories and retreats until his relief in April of His “Panzer drive” is described in a page chapter.

He lodt wrote that Hitler had halted the attack prematurely, a decision he called “tantamount to throwing away a victory”. Manstein writes about this in a page chapter. None the less, this is vitcories most valuable argument that makes Lost Victories a matter of study for those who try to understand mechanisms of war. There is poignancy in his depiction of German troops and tanks fighting far superior Soviet armies to a standstill, before they would have to, ultimately, retreat before overpowering odds.

The field marshal was one of the best strategist the Wehrmacht produced.

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

Manstein describes his interactions with Hitler, and analyzes Hitler’s weaknesses as a military commander, in some depth on several occasions in the msnstein few hundred pages of the book.

This could give the British and French an excuse for not fulfilling their treaty obligations to Poland [which they did not fulfill anyway]. In addition to the descriptions of the event with an emphasize that might be different from typical history book, the author also add in many insight and co It is always a very rewarding experience for any history enthusiastic to get a glimpse at the event through first hand account.


This appeared by the way, not in the main body of lkst text, but in a footnote. As Manstein notes, such an approach ignores the ancient military dictum that “he who defends everything ends up holding nothing. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. That is the only reason I don’t give five stars.

Having first read this book in I find that it is still one of the best military memoirs of WW2.

Not a word about the extermination squads, the wholesale round-ups of los people for the concentration camps, etc. Fascinating insight from a man who was there when it happened, that said 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 A commander Gerd von Rundstedt who viftories for the halt, with Hitler merely validating the order many hours later.

Robin Lee You mean “Hitler”, right? Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Manstein makes little to zero note on the evils of the Nazi regime, keeping the writing strictly to military decisions at the operational level. His frustration with Hitler is clear, and the book also details his disagreements with Hitler and the OKH abt the handling of the war. Even if they are sometimes cluttered, they are very well drawn and virtually all place names included in the narrative can be found on at least one map, making it very easy to follow the sometimes swirling action.

This page was last edited on 18 August nanstein, at Languages Polski Edit links. The Ukrainians fought the Soviet partisans, but manstejn released any Germans after first disarming them.