SB LOST VICTORIES Thrwirmoirci llillersitiiisiliriliiifiijiiiif ni 1 1 mill h It. II. \MM ‘”” 11,11 LOST VICTORIES BY FIELD-MARSHAL ERICH VON MANSTEIN Edited. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a Lost Victories is the Erich von Manstein’s recollection of the operations and. Read the full-text online edition of Lost Victories ().

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While there manxtein certainly a great deal of truth in the idea that Hitler kept his generals compartmentalized there is also strong evidence that on the whole they know more than they cared to admit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This book is excellent if one likes personal memoirs.

Manstein’s book is interesting on many levels. The Ukrainians fought the Soviet partisans, but usually released any Germans after first disarming them.

The lesson is, a dictator, will more likely to listen to whoever he considers royal to him los 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. Manstein explains war from the German perspective and cites numerous military strategy, troop victroies, logistics, tactical plans, victories and, defeats, while providing the reader a personal account of war.

His biggest problem was Hitler’s insistence on victoriess every inch of ground captured, which placed too great a burden on the Germans’ victoriess and exhausted troops. 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.

He provides strategic thinking on the course of the war and the options available to the Germans, insights into Hitler’s management of the war, great tactical insight into the operations on his portion of the Eastern front. In that sense, the book has an exception histori Lost Victories is the Erich von Manstein’s recollection of the operations and events he took part during WW2.

Also responsible for invading Poland, starting the Second World Vkn, which took the lives of anywhere from 50 million to 70 million people, including the above figure.


German soldiers were brave, did their duty, didn’t pillage, didn’t torture, the Soviet’s were brutal, and my favorite, were the victims of a totalitarian llst That is the only reason I don’t give five stars. He characterized the local guerilla forces as follows: Aug 08, Dennis A. With disdain he describes the Fuhrer who he and millions serve as a clever yet amateurish military bungler who if he followed von Manstein suggestions may have fought the Russians down to a standstill.

The second issue is how the relationship between Hitler and Von Manstein and by extension that between Hitler and the German generals is presented. The things Manstein leaves out of Lost Victories are as important as the things he discusses, vicyories lead one to search out other sources to fill in the lacunae. On the one hand the Polish temperament was more disposed towards attack than defence At that time it seemed to me to be both the most pivotal and the coolest.

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But Field Marshal Erich von Manstein leads the reader into the war rooms during the periodexplaining how certain decisions were made and why. He was the initiator and one of the plann Erich von Manstein served the German military as a lifelong professional soldier.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. His writing style and the information he conveys is very succinct and easy to follow regardless the subject matter he is discussing. Indeed, Manstein, from a military perspective chose the least worst option throughout much of the campaign on the Eastern Front. Apr 23, Olethros rated it really liked it. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Those interested in the military history of WWII, the book is, of course, required reading.

Aug 13, Curt Lorde added it. I found it too apologetical: None the less, this is the most valuable argument that makes Lost Victories a matter of study for those who try to understand mechanisms of war. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In addition to the descriptions of the event with an emphasize that might be different from typical history book, the author also add lpst 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.

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But as a military look at what occurred this is a valuable book.

True to their tradition of obedience, most of them, again like Manstein, kept their gaze unswervingly on the military manstfin they were expected amnstein play even as they deplored the growing vacuum of direction at the political top. It is always a very rewarding experience for any history enthusiastic to get a glimpse at the event through first hand account.

The eroch of the book lasts until the removal of Manstein as chief of the Army Group acting in the South of the Soviet Union. You have to have a basic understanding of Easter European geography to appreciate the details of each campaign. Every once in a while discussions become heated but overall everything is very sanitized and stiff upper lip. Panzer Leader [Illustrated Edition]. Return to Book Page. Thank you for your feedback. Two, it is an intriguing, unself-conscious reflection on good people carrying out their tasks for the worst possible causes in this case, Adolf Hitler’s horrific vision of a Third Reich.

The same footnote goes on to discuss in further depth the different types of partisans and where they were geographically based. Almost belatedly, his plan was adopted more or less intact, and Manstein got to help execute it as a corps commander. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Manstein avoided political issues, treating the war as an operational matter. As some other reviewers point out, v. He defends the infamous “Commissar Order” by stating ‘On the contrary, they were – without being soldiers – fanatical fighters, but fighters whose activities could only be regarded as illegal according to the traditional meaning of warfare’.