- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846034655
- ISBN-13: 978-1846034657
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.5 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Erich von Manstein (Command) Paperback – 10 May 2010
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This is a solid account and an excellent basis for further research. --Miniature Wargames
It is highly recommended and I look forward to further titles in this promising series --Military Modelcraft International
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- it will give you an overview of the military live of Von Manstein;
- it will give (some) insights in the military campaigns in which he had an important role (including Fall gelb): battle of Soltsy, the conquest of the Crimea, Leningrad, Wintergewitter (Stalingrad relief operation), 3d battle of Kharkov, Unternehmen (operation) Zitadelle, retreat to the Dnepr (loss of Kiev and the relief of the Korsun pocket);
- it has some interesting maps, two beautiful illustrations and some pictures of Von Manstein;
On the negative side:
- it is very superficial and descriptive. The qualities of Von Manstein as a person , strategist and military leader only appear in one of the last paragraphs "Inside the mind" in which the author discloses his (not so positive) opinions of Von Manstein. These opinions are probably true but as an interested reader I rather read facts on which I can create my own opinions. So the subtitle of the book "leadership - strategy - conflict" is, for me, an empty promise.
The information is concise but engaging and there is a handful of very nice maps, although I did find myself using a couple of maps from other Osprey volumes (for example, maps of the Crimean campaign). Scattered throughout are lots of good photographs of Manstein during his career or pertaining to operations he was involved in and the colour plates, by Adam Hook, are also great.
Once again I believe Mr. Forczyk has done a commendable job within the space available to him. Having already written about Manstein's capture of Sevastopol in more detail I can hope the author may write a Campaign volume on Kharkov or the Korsun Pocket, which are covered briefly in this book.
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