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5.0 out of 5 stars The War memoirs written by the most genial German general !, 4 April 2013
This review is from: Lost Victories: War Memoirs of Hitler's Most Brilliant General (Zenith Military Classics) (Paperback)
Erich Von Manstein has been, by large , the best general of the WWII.
He has been the author of the plan "Case Yellow" for the invasion of the France on 1940 that, without Hitler's help, that stopped for few days the Panzer Divisions before Dunkirk, it probably had provoked the distruction of the English Army.
On 1941 he was at the head of the 56th Panzer Korps that almost conquered Leningrad by "elan".
On July 1942 he became even more famous occupying the unconquerable fortress of Sevastopol (that was resisting since the previous autumn).
On December 1942 he was the planner and the executor of the operation "Wintergewitter" aimed to the liberation of the Sixth Army encircled at Stalingrad: he was able to arrive at 16km from Stalingrad , but the General Paulus, commander of the Sixth Army , refused to break out, following direct orders from Hitler.
On february 1943, at the head of Army Group South, Feldmarshal Von Manstein realized his masterpiece: a counteroffensive that smashed two Russian Fronts and sending them back 150kms and reoccupying the DON line and the city of Kharkhow.
He thought that the German attack on Kursk arrived too late but, anyway , he had been in charge of the South wing of the attack, the only one able to achieve a breakthrough on the massively fortified Russian lines. The allied landing, in Sicily, denied the use of the reserves for his attack.
Until April 1944 he has been at the head of the Army Group South, being always able to counterattack the Red Army in spite of the huge disparity of forces. Then he was dismissed when he ordered to the First Panzer Army to break out from the encirclement.
This is everything you will read on this book, hearing from the protagonist. Hugely interesting.
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