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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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He wrote not as a historical investigator but as one who played an active part in the story he was relating. Pages with related products.

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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. Open Preview See a Problem? 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 adopted 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.

Manstein’s “Lost Victories” has value for the reader for at least two different reasons. Manstein gives a very interesting combination of first-hand appreciation of the developing event and front line experience at least in the early years when he still commands a corps.

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.

He was the hero of the Crimea forcing the Germans up to the Causasus. However, I was completely lacking in anything resembling an in-depth or nuanced understanding of the events and dates I could rattle off. His contribution to the campaign in France earned him a promotion to general. This book was an interesting perspective from one of the best German Generals. Also responsible for invading Poland, starting the Second World War, which took the lives of anywhere from 50 million to 70 million people, including the above figure.


I first read an edition of this when I was a teenager, in the late ‘s. After initial successes, 11th Army had to fight off Soviet counterattacks and amphibious landings in their rear, which hindered their efforts to subdue the fortress city of Sevastopol. None of the sense of that comes through. As a student of second world war for last 15 years, I felt this autobiography gives a detail account of how a dictatorial whim of an incompetent political leadership plagued by greed and lust of power led to serious strategic blunders that ultimately cost Wehrmacht the war.

Nov 17, C. Manstein who was arguably Germany’s best general shares a glimpse of his personal bias, prejudice, allegiance to Germany, and, duty as a German Officer. 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.

Lost Victories – Wikipedia

victlries 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. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Perhaps he is hiding something?

At best, he tries to justify the brutality of treatment towards some people by saying the Soviet were equally brutal After that, he put considerable energy into devising a plan for the invasion of France–and just as much energy getting someone at the highest echelons of the Wehrmacht to notice his plan. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. For example, one gets an inside view of Hitler trying to convince military people that the West will not go to war over Poland.

Hitler was to have a similar experience only a few years later – without ever learning his lesson from it.


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

German historian Volker Berghahn wrote about the book, “Its title gave the story away: During World War II he attained the rank of Field Marshal Generalfeldmarschall and was held in high esteem by his fellow officers as one of the Wehrmacht’s best military minds. Discussing the abortive plan to invade Britain inManstein wrote: I had no idea it was so little.

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See all reviews. The field marshal was one of the best strategist the Wehrmacht produced. There’s an appendix at the end of the book with a brief biography, but it is very scarce. It is as with almost of them an important work providing insight and thoughts from one of the central actors vichories the 2nd World War.

Also, as the Russians advanced they’d put all the people they “liberated” to work.

Erich von Manstein

It is a purely military memoir, and very rarely goes into any personal or political topics. The lesson is, a dictator, will more likely to listen to whoever he considers royal to 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.

Vivtories had plainly ordered his forces to: As a result of the foolish attempt to take the major city of Stalingrad and drive into the Caucasus to take the oil fields there, the Germans in the south were badly overextended, and forced to rely on the sub-standard armies of their allies the Italians, Rumanians, and Hungarians. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.