SB LOST VICTORIES Thrwirmoirci llillersitiiisiliriliiifiijiiiif ni 1 1 mill h It. II. \MM ‘”” 11,11 LOST VICTORIES BY FIELD-MARSHAL ERICH VON MANSTEIN Edited. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a Lost Victories is the Erich von Manstein’s recollection of the operations and. Read the full-text online edition of Lost Victories ().

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This ultimately led to his being relieved of command in the East. Hitler was to have a similar experience only a few years later – without ever learning his lesson from it. Manstein makes little to zero note on the evils of amnstein Nazi regime, keeping the writing strictly to military decisions at the operational level.

An early English-language edition of Lost Victories. But he wanted Hitler and the OKW to give him the independence due an army group commander to figure out how to achieve objectives in his own way. Apr 23, Olethros rated it really liked it.

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Berghahn Books, page xiv. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Oct 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found it too apologetical: The required armies to break the encirclement never reached on time. Perhaps that is bias on my part.

Views Read Edit View history. Why and how Stalingrad was lost is clarified, albeit through Manstein’s view of world war II. Please try again later. He recounts the Crimea campaign in a single page chapter. As Manstein notes, such an approach ignores the ancient military dictum that “he who defends everything ends up holding nothing. This is his memoir, written in the s. There is always just the problem of the soldiers on both sides being killed, wounded, and maimed.

Manstein writes about this in a page chapter. This would be like reading a biography of a Confederate general shortly after the Civil War, to give some perspective, but not just any general.


Even so, there is some interesting observation and analysis here of what it meant to be in the army at the time Hitler was making up his mind on the invasion of Poland. And for Manstein it was almost always him trying to change Hitlers mind and only occasionally succeeding.

One of the most revealing facts was that Hitler did not have an understanding of the doctrine and refused to allow the army to conduct strategic retreats to gain a military advantage by its mobility. As a result of the foolish attempt to take the major city of Stalingrad and drive into the Caucasus to take the oil fields there, the Germans in the south were badly overextended, and forced to rely on the sub-standard armies of their allies the Italians, Rumanians, and Hungarians.

After realizing how important von Manstein was, his memoires showed how it was done It took me fifty years to understand who Erich von Manstein was, an orphan adopted into a family with a Prussian military tradition and with his new grandfather who had successful commanded an army, von Manstein desired to follow in those footsteps. This ultimately caused the collapse of the German army in the east through attrition.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I’d read elsewhere the average life expectancy of a Soviet soldier on the front line was only 13 days.

Oct 10, John rated it really liked it. Robin Lee You mean “Hitler”, right? A fascinating commentary from a central actor in the German military.

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Paperbackpages. In retrospect, perhaps his book takes on an even greater significance. Just as Manstein arrived, however, the Soviets launched a series of large counterattacks which Manstein fended off, but which prevented the Germans from mounting their own assault on the city.


Still, Von Manstein was the master of his art, and it is not pleasant to think of the possibilites that would have arisen if he and his fellow professionals had had full control of the German forces.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. And, in this context, of Hitler’s orders not to retreat, despite the desperate strategic situation in which the German forces found themselves. We have Von Manstein’s word that tell us these things but we have no feeling of them, there is no metaphorical punch in the gut. Jan 05, Sicofonia rated it really liked it.

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Every once in a while discussions become heated but overall everything is very sanitized and stiff upper lip. While some may argue that hindsight is alwaysManstein provides his rationales for his proposals which are generally sound and probably would have changed the course of the war. He wrote not as a historical investigator but as one who played an active part in the story he was relating. Any Luftwaffe support was too little, too late. In ericb to the descriptions of the event with an emphasize that might be different from typical history book, the author also add in many insight and co It is always a very rewarding experience for any history enthusiastic to get a glimpse at the event through first hand account.

The same footnote goes on to victoriee in further depth the different types of partisans and where they were geographically based. Nov 17, C.

This was a really great book and I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now. Manstein was promoted to field marshal as a result.