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Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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This is a comprehenisve and fascinating study of military genius and individualist. (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER)
The first proper biography of Germany's most controversial military hero.See all Product description
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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.
However, as you would expect, the bulk of the book is devoted to Mansteins campaigns- a subject General Melvin is well qualified to write on.Mansteins military greatness is based on 3 things,
1. His devising of the "Sichelschnitt" plan ,which defeated the French in the summer of 1940.
2.His 1942 campaign in the Crimea- culminating in his capture of Sevastopol.
3. The 3rd "Battle of Kharkov" -Feb.1943.This campaign is deservedly studied at military academies around the world as an example of how to retrieve a disate
rous situation and shore up a collopsing front.Read more ›
I was not to be disappointed.
This book is an indepth and articulate historical study of the man who in the humble opinion of this reviewer was the last great tactical genius of conventional warfare, and was long overdue for a serious study and biography.
Western historians and military figures have traditionally swallowed German wartime propoganda(mostly Goebbels work) and assumed that the likes of Rommel and Model were german military geniuses, while the standout German military leader was in fact Erich von Manstein. Hitler admired Manstein ability but loathed his attitude and aristocratic background, and saw von Manstein as a threat. Hence his promotion of individuals such as Rommel.
Although von Mansteins name is well known to serious students of military history it is less known to historians and the public at large. This book quite rightly seeks to address that lack of knowledge about this talented and complicated individual.
From the conception of the successful invasion of France to the capture of the Crimea, and holding the Red Army at bay - as much as was possible - as the German Army retreated after Stalingrad, Manstein was the man behind all these successful military ventures, in both the planning or operational levels.
The author has not attempted to gloss either the good or bad parts of the Field Marshals character or experiences.
This is not a journalistic piece with an 'axe to grind' or an ideology to expound.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book makes an interesting read. When you know nothing about the real facts of how the military operates, its difficult to get a handle on why wars of this magnitude come... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris
This is a great read - a deeply researched and fascinating account of an interesting and capable General and Field Marshal. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Keith Cima
I came to this book as someone with a strong interest in Germany generally, intrigued with what led to the country's horrendous fall from grace in the 1930s and 1940s. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. Dl Spaven
Too much of the book dwells on the postwar trial and ramblings on generals' mindsets. Good for background of Wehrmacht.Published on 31 Jan. 2014 by George Hay
Any good WWII military libray must include both Melvin's "Manstein" and Manstein"s "Lost Victories".
The only question is: What to read first? Read more
Well written - yet not entirely exonerating.
Von Mansteins job was made much more difficult by two general staffs - an ill equipped army in several respects - and a... Read more
This book does cobver the life of Manstein warts and all. It does not overlook Mansteins evasion of responsibility for the truly awful events that went on in his sphere of... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by C. Simmonds
This is an excellent biography of a man rightly regarded as one of the great generals of history. The book is no hagiography however and offers a very balanced picture, and is a... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2013 by J. J. Bradshaw
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