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  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd (29 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760320543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760320549
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Manstein;s Lost Victories is definatly one of the more interesting and informative German autobigraphies to emerge from World War II. New publishers Zenith press is to be commended for republishing it --WWII History


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By A Customer on 29 Oct. 1997
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With an emphasis on analysis seldom presented in a book this accessible, Manstein has presented his readers with a rich history of his activities in the Second World War. The majority of the book is devoted to his greatest operational achievement, the successful withdrawal of several German army groups on the Southern end of the Russian front after the defeat at Stalingrad. There are moments in the recounting of this operation when the reader can fully appreciate the difficulties confronting Manstein and his staff; the tension, always understated by the author, becomes palpable, if only because of what he does not say. Lost Victories is a glimpse into one of the most brilliant military minds of this century and a book not to be missed.
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In my opinion this is one of the best books ever written about second world war. I have to say that i've read this book over twenty times, and i've got over three hundred books of second world war. If you are an enthusiast you must read this one. The most brilliant tactician.
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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. His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective. "Nothing is certain in war, when all is said and done."

Manstein provides his perspectives of the major wars in WWII, from the early German successes to their turning point in Russia. He provides his rationales for his proposals which are generally sound and probably would have changed the course of the war. 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 his generals in the latter part of the war, in the East. The frustrations with Hitler is clear, and the book also details his disagreements with Hitler and the OKH about the handling of the war. This ultimately led to his being relieved of command in the East. The book is very easy to read and is valuable to anyone who wishes to understand 'the other side of the hill'. His accounts of the various actions he was involved in during the War are excellent and his views on Hitler and German strategy make this an insightful book.

What would his legacy be, if he could have spent all his efforts on his job instead of fighting for the resources he needed to do his job?
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It's hard to believe how much management was carried out by Manstein.He seems to be able to juggle so many balls in the air at the same time it's amazing.Couple this with his battles with the German High Command and you see why he is so well rated as a brilliant general.
This is a most informative bio of Manstein on active service at the Eastern Front.
It's a pity that the maps were so small.I had to supplement these with my Times Atlas and a magnifying glass to get to where these battles took place.
You have to admire the German military - not the silly Nazis but the German Military were without doubt top notch.
A good read and very informative.
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This book is an account of the three major German campaigns of World War Two in which the author was engaged. It has three themes.

The first and major theme is the strategic and grand tactical approach to the defeat of Poland, the defeat of France and the invasion of Russia up to 1944. This top-down description of the battles gives a fascinating insight into the problems of fighting a war and the way a senior professional soldier deals with them.

The second theme running through the book is the good and the bad influence of Hitler on the rise and fall of Germany in this period. His political genius for successfully manouvering other States finally deserts him when he invades Poland. He then embarks increasingly on a disastrous path of directing the armed forces, for which he has neither the training nor the experience. Manstein points out the opportunities missed, the defeats suffered and the battles thrown away by Hitler's mistakes. Finally Manstein's repeated demands for Hitler to appoint a professional soldier to manage the war objectives leads Hitler to sack him in 1944.

The third theme is the rigorous German approach of the times to military duty and loyalty. Manstein is proud of this tradition, which runs from top to bottom in the armed forces. It is breathtaking to read how this duty is performed in complete disregard of the usual norms: breaking of treaties, disregard for neutrality, slaughter on the battlefield, mass assassination and the clear trend after 1942 that Hitler is leading the nation to disaster. Manstein explains that he tolerated Hitler because a military coup would have left Germany a prey to the Allies and Russia. A rather sad viewpoint because in the event, after millions more deaths, that was precisely the outcome.

This is a clear and well-written book that gives an informed and unique view from a very senior German professional soldier.
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Indispensible for the serious WW2 military student, as is also Gen. Guderian's memoires of tank warfare. As another reviewer has pointed out, written with sub-agenda's in mind, the principle one being the unsuitability of Adolf Hitler as military chief. This itself is an interesting and controversial topic and GFM v. Manstein makes his points very well on it.

Highlights for me were his gripping description of the Crimea campaign, account of Stalingrad/6th Army, also the intricacies/timing of the retreat from Donetz to Dnieper (plus interesting "what-if's" on the proposed construction of an Ostwall etc). The book is overall so good I might change these selections after re-reading... I also was disappointed by his brief coverage of Zitadelle/Citadel but found a satisfactory substitute in "Blood, Steel and Myth" by George M. Nipe.
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