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- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (18 April 2010)
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The clarity of Melvin's explanation of the principles of operational manoeuvre, and of Manstein's mastery of it, is superb, but the author carefully avoids the pitfall of hagiography, presenting the man 'warts and all', not shying away for instance from issues around the systemic abuse of the rules of war by the Wehrmacht.
This book is an impressive achievement and is highly recommended.
not have been delayed or even undertaken. The awaited superior Tiger Tanks were met by vast defensive ditches dug by the Civilian Population . Germany was never able to fully replace those lost . The War was down hill thereafter. His inability to relieve Stalingrad with the failure of Air Supplies was the first gravestone in the downward spiral of the Eastern Front.
Overall the impression I took from this book was of a brilliant but far from infallible military commander, of a decent and honorable man corrupted by his environment and of a man who never accepted his own role and responsibility for the crimes of the Hitler regime. The book is fair and balanced, and before being judgemental about those like Manstein we should all take a pause to consider our own likely behaviour if we were living in a totalitarian and morally corrosive society such as the Germany of Hitler. Very highly recommended indeed, a 5* book.
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And what is the picture which emerges? A skilled and daring commander, who seems to have been fairly well regarded by his men. A killer with something of a heart. A commander who was probably largely indifferent to atrocities committed in his areas of command. And a far-sighted man who after WWII gave himself to integration of Germany into Europe. We probably owe him a considerable debt for this - after all, his first book of memoirs (Verlorene Siege) appeared when the likes of Hans-Ulrich Rudel were beating the neo-Nazi drums, and von Manstein (and Melvin after him) shows clearly not only how Germany won at the beginning of the war, but that the same people and same methods led inevitably to Germany's defeat.
Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
(All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
The chronological ordering of the biography begins with his childhood and youth. We learn of his slow rise in the German military until he was on his way by the outbreak of World War II hostilities. While he spent a considerable part of that time in a staff position, he ultimately became a field officer, leading troops in combat.
The heart of the book is his military career during World War II. While he participated in combat in Western Europe, the bulk of his military work was in the USSR. He took part in the invasion of the USSR and was quite successful early on. Some issues discussed: his possible role in atrocities against Russians; his relationship with Hitler; his role in trying to raise the siege of Stalingrad; his sometimes underestimation of the Soviet forces facing him; his generalship while being outnumbered and outgunned by the seemingly inexhaustible supply of Soviet troops and tanks.
After the war, after Hitler had fired him from military command? He served a number of years in prison for his role during the war. Astonishingly, after he was released, he came to play a major formative role in the development of the new West German military. Quite a recovery in his fortunes after prison.
Overall, a fine biography of a complex person and one of Germany's better generals.