- 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)
Lost Victories: War Memoirs of Hitler's Most Brilliant General (Zenith Military Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Oct 2004
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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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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?
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good insight to Manstein the man but I felt he was holding back a lot.Published 20 days ago by Patrick Howard
An excellent and well written book. It provides great detail into the campaign in southern Russia and the failed attempt to liberate the trapped forces in Stalingrad in 1942-43. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Damian from Galway
Highly recommended military history book about one of Hitler's famous generals who withdrew German forces in good order against superior Russian forces, and after a period of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tony Davidson
Amazing Story about an amazing Field marshall, von Manstein's tactics and the way the book has been written are world class. THIS IS A MUST for any WW2 collection. Read morePublished 15 months ago by neil
must buy for any world war 2 buff , couldn't put down , Manstein the best field commander ever in any conflict ,the book is the nuts and bolts of his problems with the high command... Read morePublished 19 months ago by kevin warr
I like it a lot, I have read small parts earlier but now I got the full version. Highly recommend!Published 20 months ago by Blackie
this was my friend's purchase - not mine and she rated it highly. I do not need to read about Hitler's generals and what they did and did not know about the death camps!!Published on 2 Dec. 2013 by Mrs. Margot J. Dunn
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