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Erich von Manstein

Poland should have defended only her core territories, thereby shrinking the defensive perimeter from 1, miles to miles. Learn more about Mansteinn Giveaway.

The role of the notorious Reich Commissioner Koch in the development of extensive partisan activity in the Ukraine is given all of a sentence: This was one of the best war time memoirs that I’ve read.

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. But I got bogged down on the rest of the book. Knowing the context of the writing it still was a fascinating read about the largest conflict in human history told by a man who was in the middle of events both on the battlefield and behind the lines.

Apr 18, Sumit Pokhrel rated it it was amazing. Davies noted that nowhere in his memoirs or other post-war writings did Manstein explicitly condemn National Socialism. There were a victoriee of details in the book that I haven’t seen elsewhere and were very helpful After Manstein became an Army group commander, he had many meeting manwtein Hitler, often the 2 of them alone.


It glides over some of the more diabolical matters of war and civilians, but then we are listening to a soldier’s account concerning military battles. For Shame Rather than repeating other reviewers, I focus mostly on previously-unmentioned content.

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

I got a little bored. 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. That is the only reason I don’t give five stars.

Unlike the last set of books I just read 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.

Manstein’s book opened my eyes to the destructive role Hitler played over the German military by interfering in the conduct of the war at the operational level. The remainder of the book almost pages is devoted to Manstein’s operations on the Eastern Front.


Manstein was promoted to field marshal as a result. The German enemy, as embodied by Manstein, showed more respect for Poland ericn did the Allies when he asked: Nov 17, C. What I found fascinating was he often faced decisions where there were no good options. His memoires describe in detail ercih strategic and tactical considerations, blows and counterblows which included victories and retreats until his relief in April of It is a purely military memoir, and very rarely goes into any personal or political topics.

Lost Victories

Manstein’s vcitories is too typical. Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to the Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

There is always just the problem of the soldiers on both sides being killed, wounded, and maimed. His new task was the conquest of the Crimean peninsula. Showing great operational flexibility and creativity, Manstein dealt with these threats and then refocused efforts on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July He was the hero of the Crimea forcing gictories Germans up to the Causasus. Von Manstein maintains where rear area administration was in the hands of the German Army there was not partisan activity.

Dec 05, Tin Wee rated it it was amazing. The title ‘Lost Victories’ is aptly named.