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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Wall Street Journal, Victoroes 7, “Generals don’t make the best memoirists, mainly because they embellish while writing for posterity; the higher the rank, the worse the tome. New publisher Zenith Press is to be commended for republishing it.
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His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective. In retrospect, perhaps his book takes on an even greater significance. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box victoriess Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. One of these items ships sooner than the other.
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One must always read this sort of book with some cynicism, given the author’s very real motivation to make himself look clean of anything like war crimes. Even so, there is some interesting observation and analysis here of what it meant to be in the army at the time Hitler was making up his mind on the invasion of Poland. For example, one gets an inside view of Hitler trying to convince military people that the West will not go to war over Poland.
One also gets some fascinating analysis of how Poland could have done better if she had picked the right strategy: Instead, he writes, Poland tried to “‘cover everything’ and surrender nothing voluntarily Hitler was to have a similar experience only a few years later – without ever learning his lesson from it.
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. It also addressed the question of blind obedience post German Generals gave to Hitler. Unfortunately, it did not address the role of the paramilitary units that followed the army into conquered territories inflicting genocide on people. One janstein 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.
This ultimately caused the collapse of the German army in the east through attrition. You have to have a basic understanding of Easter European geography to appreciate the details of each campaign. I don’t know whether they still read Caesar’s “Commentaries” at West Point. Neither the legions of the Empire nor the Whermacht will be seen again.
Another global conflict would, thanks to technical “progress”, destroy what we call civilization. If one wants a feeling for how terrible the conflict in the Soviet Union was, books by lower ranking soldiers are more to the point.
Still, Von Manstein was the master of his art, and it is not pleasant to think of the possibilites that would have arisen if he and his fellow professionals had had full control of the German forces. His counteroffensive after the Stalingrad catastrophe was amazing.
Whatever his moral failures were, Von Manstein is one of history’s great captains. Those interested in the military history of WWII, the book is, of course, required reading. Von Manstein’s logical, almost mathematically precise analysis of his military campaigns make one shudder to think where we would be today if Hitler had trusted his advice and appointed him Chief of Staff. One can’t help but believe that the Soviets would have been fought to a standstill and Germany may well have had two or more years in which to develop her jet fighters and second generation heavy tanks.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in understanding grand strategic thinking and how the German General Staff operated. This book is excellent if one likes personal memoirs. Manstein explains war from the German manstrin and cites numerous military strategy, troop mnstein, logistics, tactical plans, victories and, defeats, while providing the reader a personal account of war. This book touches minimally on the politics of war and, there is no mention of the holocaust Lost Victories is well written and transcribed from the German language.
Manstein provides an unvarnished picture of war and, engagement with the Russians on the eastern front. Why and how Stalingrad was lost is clarified, albeit through Manstein’s view of world war II. Hitler is also described not in depth from Manstein’s personal view, which, will intrigue the reader. Manstein who was manstien Germany’s best general shares a glimpse of his personal bias, prejudice, allegiance to Germany, and, duty as a German Officer.
As one who reads historical well researched military text, books, biography, and memoirs I highly recommend this book. See all reviews.
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