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 has ratings and 48 reviews. Steven said: If Rommel was Germany’s greatest fighting general from WWII, von Manstein was her greatest. Lost Victories by Erich Manstein, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lost Victories by Erich von Manstein. Liddell Hart Foreword by. Field Marshal Erich von Victorues described his book as a personal narrative of a soldier, discussing only those matters that had direct beari Originally published in Germany inand in England and the United States inthis classic memoir of WWII by a man who was an acknowledged military genius and probably Germany’s top WWII general, is now made available again.

Field Marshal Erich von Manstein described his book as a personal narrative of a soldier, discussing only those matters that had direct bearing on events in the military field.

The essential thing, as he wrote, is to “know how the main personalities thought and reacted to events. His account is detailed, yet dispassionate and objective. Vicctories retrospect, perhaps his book takes on an even greater significance. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lost Victoriesplease sign up. I haven’t read this yet, but who’s Mansteiin Robin Lee You mean “Hitler”, right?

Only one of the most evil men in all of history. Also responsible for invading Poland, starting the Second World War, which took the lives of anywhere from 50 million to 70 million people, including the above figure. See 1 question about Lost Victories…. Lists with This Book. Mar 18, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: A tremendous book, especially for its insights into dealing victorise with Hitler not easy!

Having first read this book in I find that it is still one of the best military memoirs of WW2. The book is very easy to read and is valuable to any one who wishes to understand ‘the other side of the hill’.

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 victorues of WW2. His mansteon of the various actions he was involved in during vidtories War are excellent and his views on Hitler and German strategy make this a great book.

Apr 15, Kris rated it it was mandtein. This was a really great book and I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now. I can tell anyone that is interested in this area of history that this is a must read for WW II Eastern front military history buffs.

Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General

Unlike the last set of books I just read written by David Glantz this book is very approachable for the person who has an interest in this area of history and wants a taste of what it was like from the viewpoint of a German general. This would be like reading a biography of a Confed This was a really great book and I can’t believe I haven’t read this up until now.

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. His writing style and the information he conveys is very succinct and easy to follow regardless the subject matter he is discussing.

He covers not only the battles he was involved but also the interactions with Hitler and he even has some personal matters he touches victroies including the death of his son. This is the type of biography I have always enjoyed reading as you get the persons view point and his thoughts totally unvarnished. Now in this particular case I know that Manstein glosses over the atrocities committed by German soldiers and he makes no mention of the Holocaust as did all the biographies written by any of the German generals.


Knowing the context of the writing it still was a fascinating read about victorues largest manstrin in human history told by a man who was in the middle of events both on the battlefield and behind the lines. 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.

Manatein 20, Jay rated it really liked it. Field Marshal Erich von Manstein was probably the best operational commander the Germans produced during World War II, and possibly the best of any side; certainly he was up there with Slim, Patton, and Chuikov. This is his memoir, written in the s.

It is a purely military memoir, and very rarely goes into any personal or political topics. The book begins with a very brief description of Manstein’s service prior to the s, having manetein the rank of Captain by the end of World War I. He then describes his service largely as a staff officer during Germany’s resurgence and the rebuilding of the armed forces under Hitler. He was Gerd von Rundsted’s chief of staff during the Polish campaign.

After that, he put considerable energy into devising a plan for the invasion of France–and just as much energy getting someone at the highest echelons of the Wehrmacht to notice his plan. Almost belatedly, his plan was adopted more or less intact, and Manstein got to help execute it as a corps commander. His contribution to the campaign in France earned him a promotion to general. The remainder of the book almost pages is devoted to Manstein’s operations on lst Eastern Front.

A few months before the invasion of Russia, he was given command of LVI Panzer Korps in the north, part of the drive to quickly seize Leningrad. He and his troops performed very well, but ivctories they were nearing their goal, Manstein was suddenly transferred to the Ukraine to take over 11th Army of Army Group South.

His “Panzer drive” is described in a page chapter. His new task was the conquest of the Crimean peninsula. 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. Showing great operational flexibility and creativity, Manstein dealt with these threats and then refocused efforts on Sevastopol, which fell to the Germans in July Manstein was promoted to field marshal as a result.

Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General by Erich von Manstein

He recounts the Crimea campaign in a single page chapter. Fresh from that success, Hitler moved Manstein back to loxt Leningrad front with orders to finally take that city. Just as Manstein mansteun, 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. Manstein writes about this in a page chapter.

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. In November the Soviets launched a major offensive which cut off the entire 6th Army at Stalingrad, and destroyed two Rumanian armies. Hitler sent Manstein south, hoping he could find a way to vicgories the situation for the Germans.

Loost displayed operational brilliance on many occasions, but he was continually hamstrung by Hitler’s “to the last victorise directives, his parsimonious supply of reinforcements and replacements, and his refusal to make decisions on a timely basis. Manstein describes his interactions with Hitler, and analyzes Hitler’s weaknesses as a military commander, in some depth on several occasions in the last few hundred pages of the book.

Lost Victories ends rather abruptly with Manstein’s account of how he was unceremoniously transferred by Hitler from command of Army Victoriea South to a “reserve” position back in Germany, a result of their repeated head-butting and Hitler’s perception that Manstein was publicly questioning Hitler’s ability to command. He does not describe how he finished the war, or how he escaped the frequently fatal chaos of the final days of the Reich.


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Manstein was a proud German officer of the Prussian tradition, which led to repeated contretemps with Hitler over how the war in the East should be conducted. In this book he doesn’t pass much judgement on Hitler’s choices of strategic objectives, and he recognizes that some objectives had political or economic significance that a purely military planner would have ignored.

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. 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. As Manstein notes, such an approach ignores the ancient military dictum that “he who defends everything ends up holding nothing. Manstein also doesn’t mention his part in the postwar Nuremburg trials, in which he was tried for turning a blind eye to the activities of the Einsatzgruppen who followed in the wake of his armies, murdering Jews and other declared enemies of the Nazi state.

Accounts of the trial, the case against Manstein, and his defense are readily available online. The things Manstein leaves out of Lost Victories are as important as the things he discusses, and lead one to search out other sources to fill in the lacunae.

This perception that Manstein was covering for himself in this memoir are strengthened by the fact that this edition is a heavily edited version of the original, with many personal anecdotes excised, and the entire chapter on Operation Citadel Kursk has been replaced entirely with an article Manstein wrote for the Marine Corps Gazettewhich I found wholly disappointing.

On the plus side, the book includes many very useful maps that cover the entirety the text. Even if they are sometimes cluttered, they are very well drawn and virtually all place names included in the narrative can be found on at least one map, making it very easy to follow the sometimes swirling action. Speaking of that, special kudos to the translator, Anthony Powell, who has taken sometimes convoluted German syntax I speak from experience and given Manstein a consistently erudite, dignified, and sometimes sardonic voice in English.

Lo que nos cuenta. Dec 01, Jan Peczkis rated it liked it. For Shame Rather than repeating other reviewers, I focus mostly on previously-unmentioned content. Owing to the volume of information available, I largely limit my review to the war. What a ridiculous apologetic! Hitler had plainly ordered his forces to: The German tanks moved so rapidly that the German infantry had difficulty keeping up with them. The Polish Bzura counteroffensive, though later dwarfed by Soviet battles, was the largest of its kind up to that time.

Poland should have defended only her core territories, thereby shrinking the defensive perimeter from 1, miles to miles. This could give the British and French an excuse for not fulfilling their treaty obligations to Poland [which they did not fulfill anyway].

Contrary to revisionists who assert that France was unprepared for action, Manstein cited a study by von Tippelskirch, which noted how France had raised divisions in only three weeks in the autumn ofincluding many that consisted of well-armed, well-trained reservists. The German enemy, as embodied by Manstein, showed more respect for Poland than did the Allies when he asked: He characterized the local guerilla forces as follows: The Ukrainians fought the Soviet partisans, but usually released any Germans after first disarming them.

Finally, there were bands of Polish partisans who fought both Germans and Ukrainians. Nov 17, C. Powell rated it really liked it.