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

Especially, concerning some of the terrible things the Nazi regime did. And, in this context, of Hitler’s orders not to retreat, despite the desperate strategic situation in which the German forces found themselves.

He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in Marchdue to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. To ask other readers questions about Lost Victoriesplease sign up. Fascinating insight from a man who was there when it happened, that said a lot of Manstein’s words involve plenty of blame shifting for Germany’s fortunes during the war – mistakes made by the OKW such as the infamous Halt Order at Dunkirk were often wrongly attributed to Hitler it was in fact Army Group A commander Gerd von Rundstedt who pushed for the halt, with Hitler merely validating the order many hours later.

Manstein portrayed the average Soviet soldier as courageous but poorly led. His analysis of the various battles and overall strategy made me wonder how differently the war and the world would have turned out if Hitler had listened to him, and the large waste of lives that had ensued because Hitler did not.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Aug 01, John Walton rated it really liked it. Victorues I found fascinating was he often faced decisions where there were no good options.


He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, which was later reduced to It comes across as a series of ongoing professional disputes between an owner and a particularly dogged member of the board of directors. Aug 13, Curt Lorde added it. 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.

I would read it in spite of all this, because even though he may say what is to be expected it I am about half way through this book. This would be like reading a biography of a Confederate general shortly after the Civil War, to give some perspective, but not just any general.

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. Great for those that like this sort of thing. See and discover other items: Book ratings by Goodreads.

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

Languages Polski Edit links. Or perhaps he merely writes to what an audience probably wants to hear? Apr 23, Olethros rated it really liked it. 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.

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Instead, he writes, Poland tried to “‘cover everything’ and surrender nothing voluntarily On the one hand the Polish temperament was more disposed towards attack than defence There were a number 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 with Hitler, often the 2 of them alone. Finally, there were bands of Polish partisans who fought both Germans and Ukrainians.


The book was first published in West Germany inthen in Spain in Manstein’s book manstekn too typical. He commanded the failed relief effort at Stalingrad and the Cherkassy pocket evacuation.

After initial successes, 11th Army had to fight off Cictories counterattacks and amphibious landings in their rear, which hindered their efforts to subdue the fortress city of Sevastopol. This was one of the best war time memoirs that I’ve read.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I had heard of the German tank commander from reading other historical accounts of things during WWII. It is well worth reading from Manstein’s perspective though because he does go into detail about the opponents he was up against in West Europe and the Soviet Eastern Front.

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 it gets tough and he feel his authority is getting challenged.

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