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Lost Victories has ratings and 48 reviews. Steven said: If Rommel was Germany’s greatest fighting general from WWII, von Manstein was her greatest. That is what Field Marshal von Manstein suggests in his title, Lost Victories. By the summer of , after defeating France, Hitler’s Germany was master of. Lost Victories by Erich Manstein, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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All lsot men under age 60 were given a rifle and put on the front line, everyone else helped with supplies or food prep. Don’t read this if you are looking for a factual based history of the war which deals with objective truth about the events and the people but do read it if you want a first hand account of battles and events Erich von Manstein saw and influenced during WWII.

Paperbackpages. Likely Germany’s most intelligent general. Perhaps it is too accurate for ivctories not familiar with the different campaigns that are described here.

He also spoke of the Italian artillery units, in the desert war. Also, as the Russians advanced they’d put all victorles people they “liberated” to work. In addition 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 losg hand account.

After initial successes, 11th Army had to fight off Soviet counterattacks and amphibious landings in their rear, which hindered their efforts to subdue the fortress city of Sevastopol. His biggest problem was Hitler’s insistence on holding every inch of ground captured, which placed too great a burden on the Germans’ over-extended and exhausted troops. Manstein makes little to zero note on th This book was an interesting perspective from one of the best German Generals.


That is the only reason I don’t give five stars. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format.

Lost Victories : War Memoirs of Hitlers Most Brilliant General [Paperback]

The only thing that impedes a maximal mark is the technical part of the book, which makes it rather difficult for the usual reader. He recounts the Crimea campaign in a single page chapter. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, later reduced to 12 but he only served 4 years before being released. Manstein portrayed the average Soviet soldier as courageous but poorly led.

Along the same 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. He and his troops performed very well, but as they were nearing their goal, Manstein was suddenly transferred to the Ukraine to take over 11th Army of Army Group South.

Certainly Hitler lived in a fantasy world to an extent and did all he could to ignore the reality around him.

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This would be of particular intellectual interests for those who have some knowledge about the background and how these event turned out historically. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Oct 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am not one of them. 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 b Having first read this book in I find that it is still one of the best military memoirs of WW2.


Hitler had plainly ordered his forces to: He was Gerd von Rundsted’s chief of staff during the Polish campaign. Manstein was promoted to field marshal as a result. This memoir and Panzer Battles are highly informative, well written and highly biased accounts of the grim Eastern Front campaigns. I got a little bored. Knowing the context of the writing it still was a fascinating read about the largest conflict in human history told by a man who was in the middle of events both on the battlefield and behind the lines.

Manstein was convicted of mistreating prisoners after WWII but was not sentenced to death. Quotes from Lost Victories: I’ll give it a 4 because of ALL the info that probably Well written. Not a victoriew about the extermination squads, the wholesale round-ups of the people for the concentration camps, etc. Manstein makes little to zero note on the evils of the Nazi regime, keeping the writing strictly to military decisions at the operational level.