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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Apr 15, Kris rated it it was amazing. The first part of the book deals with Poland and of course the start of WW11 as we know it. Good for historians and students of WW Now in this particular case I know that Manstein glosses over the atrocities committed by German soldiers and he makes no mention of the Holocaust as did all the biographies written by any of the German generals. Even though the days of huge land battles are long gone, von Manstein’s memoires teach us how huge strategic situations can be thought about and handled.

Instead from nebulous comments here and there one has the impression that Von Manstein found those actions distasteful somewhat like an aristocrat reacting to an unpleasant odor in a distracted manner but ultimately unworthy of his notice. But as a military look at what occurred this is a valuable book.

However, it goes into a lot of detail on who, why, what and where on too many events. True to their tradition of obedience, most of them, again like Manstein, kept their gaze unswervingly on the military role they were expected to play even as they deplored the growing vacuum of direction at the political top. While some may argue that hindsight is alwaysManstein provides his rationales for his proposals which are generally sound and probably would have changed the cours Manstein provides his perspectives of the major wars in WWII, from the early German successes to their turning point in Russia.

Finding libraries that hold this item Liddell Hart, in his “Foreword,” speaks of Manstein’s career well. He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. This is his memoir, written in the s. Your request to send this item has been completed.


Your rating has been recorded. I had a superficial knowledge of history.

Few of the people who’ve written about Hitler ever met him, let alone often. 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.

And their inability to see that fundamental disconnect. A more annoying feature to me is the tendency to repeat the same argument or descriptions mansteln the same situation over and over again, especially in dealing with his vitcories with Hitler.

Return to Book Page. Cancel Forgot your password? Mnstein biggest problem was Hitler’s insistence on holding every inch of ground captured, which placed too great a burden on the Germans’ over-extended and exhausted troops. This shows a blindness, amply commented upon by many others, of German generals.

This would be like reading a biography of a Confed This was a really great book victodies I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now. Especially, concerning some of the terrible things the Nazi regime did. In the book, Manstein presented his own experiences, ideas and decisions as they appeared to him during the s and s. Jun 03, Razvan Banciu rated it really liked it. He also like an aristocrat puts the blame on Victlries for not breaking out at Stalingrad.

He then describes his service largely as a staff officer during Germany’s resurgence and the rebuilding of the armed forces under Hitler. The growth of partisans behind the German is similarly whitewashed. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item It was originally published in in German and the edition that I just re-read dates to Davies noted that nowhere in his memoirs or other post-war writings did Manstein explicitly condemn Manwtein Socialism.

After initial successes, 11th Mansteun had to fight off Soviet counterattacks and amphibious landings in their rear, which hindered their efforts to subdue the fortress city of Sevastopol. Even allowing for the era this was written this is a surprising and somewhat shocking omission. This memoir and Panzer Battles are highly informative, well written and highly biased accounts victoriess the grim Eastern Front campaigns.


He was the hero of the Crimea forcing the Germans up to the Causasus. Manstein was the post who came up with the idea of the attack through the Ardennes and Sedan to conquer France.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Liddell Hart Foreword by. Erich von Manstein Find more information about: Unlike the last set of books I just victoriss written by David Glantz this book is very approachable for the person who has an interest in this area of history and wants a taste of what it was like from the viewpoint of a German general.

He characterized the local guerilla forces as follows: What a ridiculous apologetic! On the plus side, the book includes many very useful maps that cover the entirety the text. Dec 05, Tin Wee rated it it was amazing.

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. Likely Germany’s most intelligent general. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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A fascinating commentary from a central actor in the German military. Throughout the book he takes swipes and Goring and Koch but never faces the issue of German mistreatment head-on. In this case, the memoir of V. Manstein also doesn’t mention his part in the postwar Nuremburg trials, in which he was tried for turning a blind eye to the activities of the Einsatzgruppen who followed in the wake of his armies, murdering Jews and other declared enemies of the Nazi state.

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