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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Aug 08, Dennis A.

No trivia or quizzes yet. His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective.

Dec 24, Lei rated it really liked it Shelves: The Best Books of I am about half way through this book. At best, he tries to justify the brutality of treatment towards some people by saying the Soviet were equally brutal Still, Von Manstein was the master of his art, and it is not pleasant to think of the possibilites that would have arisen mansteiin he and his fellow professionals had had full control of the German forces.

Sep 25, Mac rated it it was amazing. The required armies to break the encirclement never reached on time.

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

I first read an edition of this when I was a teenager, in the late ‘s. He also like an aristocrat puts mansteln blame on Paulus for not breaking out at Stalingrad.

While there is 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. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I was engrossed by this book of Erich von Manstein. Throughout the book he takes swipes and Goring and Koch but never faces the issue of German mistreatment head-on.


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Wall Street Journal, October 7, “Generals don’t make the best memoirists, mainly because they embellish while writing for posterity; the higher the rank, the worse the tome. After that, he put considerable energy into devising a plan for the invasion of France–and just as much energy getting someone at the highest echelons of the Wehrmacht to notice his plan.

This was one of the best war time memoirs that I’ve read. Manstein was famous for “Manstein plan” which was used to take the battle of France in WWII, he was widely considered the best general in his time, and this book provides a lot of details of this thinking of the war, and his struggle with Hitler’s inner circle.

And their inability to see that fundamental disconnect. Obviously, Manstein only lets us see the things he wants us to see, but this I found very interesting and I felt as though I was looking through his eyes when reading some accounts.

Dec 01, Jan Peczkis rated it liked it. The growth of victkries behind the German is similarly whitewashed. On operational matters—deployment and maneuver of divisions, corps, and armies—they are as good a source as you can find. Msnstein to Read Currently Reading Read.

Apr 18, Sumit Pokhrel rated it it was amazing. Wikipedia has an article about: Quotes from Lost Victories: Hitler had plainly ordered his forces to: Aside from that, a compelling read. I got a little bored. The only thing that impedes a maximal mark is the technical part of the book, which makes it rather difficult for the usual reader. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As I felt victries was heavy to read sometimes, lacking the proper knowledge of the geography and environment, I had to piggyback on a map to create a picture of the events in my mind.


Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to the Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city. On the one hand the Polish victoris was more disposed towards attack than defence Views Read Edit View history.

There were a number of details in the book that I haven’t seen elsewhere and were very helpful After Manstein became ivctories Army group commander, he had many meeting with Hitler, often the 2 of them alone.

But Field Marshal Erich von Manstein leads the reader into the war rooms during the periodexplaining how certain decisions were made and why. The German enemy, as embodied by Manstein, showed more respect for Poland than did the Allies when he asked: As his mastery of strategic thinking grew, in vicctories as chief of staff in one German army planned, pushed for and victoreis won Hitler’s approval over the heads of G After realizing how important vicrories 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.

The first part of the book deals with Poland and of course the start of WW11 as we know it.