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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He never was a Nazi, just a German soldier dedicated to his country who gave his best and lost his son in efforts for his country and manstrin soldiers. 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.

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The book is very easy to read and is valuable to any one who wishes to understand ‘the other side of the hill’. I’d read elsewhere the average life expectancy of a Soviet soldier on the front line was only 13 days.

Manstein was the man who came up with the idea of the attack through the Ardennes and Sedan to conquer France. Those interested in the mannstein history of WWII, the book is, of course, required reading. As Manstein notes, such an approach ignores the ancient military dictum that “he who defends eich ends up holding nothing.

The growth mansteni partisans behind the German is similarly whitewashed. Even though the days of huge land battles are long gone, von Manstein’s memoires teach us how huge strategic situations can be thought about and handled.

The general falsely claimed that he wanted the 6th Army to be pulled out of Stalingrad after it was encircled, only to be overruled by Hitler, and attacked Hitler for launching Operation Citadel, a plan developed by Manstein himself voon execution months earlier, before the buildup of Soviet defenses. He covers not only the battles he was involved but also the interactions with Hitler and he even has some personal matters he touches on including the erkch of his son.

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Whatever his moral failures were, Von Manstein is one of history’s great captains.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I had heard of the German tank commander from reading other historical accounts of things during WWII.

Enabled Due to its large file size, this victries may take longer to download. Much talk about how the airlift to troops at Stalingrad failed, Manstein details how many pounds of cargo the German planes could carry. Although claiming ignorance of the Holocaust, von Manstein nevertheless had shown disregard for the plight the of Jews, equating them with partisans and advocating harsh measures against both.

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Views Read Edit View history. So, a interesting book, but also a hard one to deal with. In addition to the descriptions of vitcories event with an emphasize that might be different from typical history book, the author also add in many insight and comment about the challenges and opportunities of the situation he was facing and how and why they were developed as such.

Hitler was to have a similar experience only a few years later – without ever learning his lesson from it. This could give the British and French an excuse for not fulfilling their treaty obligations to Poland [which they did not fulfill anyway]. His accounts of the various actions he was involved in during the War are excellent and his views on Hitler and German strategy make this a great book.


I would read it in spite of all this, because even though he may say what is to be expected it is still von Manstein, and well, von Manstein is von Manstein, author of the sickle cut and the Third Battle of Kharkov. Along the victoriew lines he never really provides an overview of the war in general that as commander that he really only had detailed knowledge of activities in his sphere.

By that I first read an edition of this eric I was a teenager, in the late ‘s. It is a rrich repetitive and tedious as seemingly every deployment of his forces is described. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, later reduced to 12 but he only served 4 years before being released.

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Erich von Manstein

You have to have a basic understanding of Easter European geography to appreciate the details of each campaign. Dec 01, Jan Peczkis rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. After that, he put considerable energy into devising a plan for the invasion of France–and just erkch much energy getting someone at the highest echelons of the Wehrmacht to notice his plan.

The most sober and realistic account I’ve read. It was originally published in in German and the edition that I just re-read dates to Refresh and try again. Manstein disparaged other German generals, portraying them as incompetent.

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