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Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General
Lost Victories ; full title of English edition: The book was first published in Victodies Germany inthen in Spain in Many historians have called Verlorene Siege unreliable and apologetic. German historian Volker Berghahn wrote about the book, “Its title gave the story away: In the book, Manstein presented his own experiences, ideas and decisions as they appeared to him during the s and s.
He wrote not as a historical investigator but as one who played an active part in the story he was relating. Discussing the invasion of PolandManstein alleged Poland’s lack of military leadership: On the one hand the Polish temperament was more disposed towards attack than defence On the other hand the newly founded Polish Army was French-taught”.
Discussing the abortive plan to invade Britain inManstein wrote: He also wrote that Hitler had halted the attack prematurely, a decision he called “tantamount to throwing away a victory”. Manstein portrayed the average Soviet soldier as courageous but poorly led.
Daviesthat aspect of Verlorene Siege was victorues, as it allowed Manstein to ignore several occasions, such as the fall of Kiev in Novemberin which he was deceived and defeated by the Stavka.
Manstein disparaged other German generals, portraying them as incompetent. Manstein took the credit for German victories and blamed Hitler and his fellow generals for every defeat.
The general falsely claimed that he wanted the 6th Army victodies 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 for execution months earlier, before the buildup of Soviet defenses.
Lost Victories: The War Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Brilliant General by Erich von Manstein
Manstein avoided political issues, treating the war as an operational matter. Inhistorian Volker Berghahn called Manstein’s memoirs “totally unreliable”; if more had been known about his war crimes during the s, he might have been hanged.
Davies noted that nowhere in his memoirs or other post-war writings did Manstein explicitly condemn National Socialism. Citino found its operational details useful, but criticized Manstein for “defending his generalship and reputation, hiding his participation in war crimes, and blaming others for everything that went wrong”: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Berghahn Books, page xiv. On operational matters—deployment and maneuver of divisions, corps, and armies—they are as good a source as you can find.
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An early English-language edition of Lost Victories.