Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General
Among students of military history, the genius of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein (1887–1973) is respected perhaps more than that of any other World War II soldier. He displayed his strategic brilliance in such campaigns as the invasion of Poland, the Blitzkrieg of France, the sieges of Sevastopol, Leningrad, and Stalingrad, and the battles of Kharkov and Kursk.
MANSTEIN is irrefutably the best biography to emerge from the mountain and rubble of material about the Second World War.
While he never captured the popular imagination of such figures as the Desert Fox, Schneller Heinz, Monty, or Ike, Erich von Manstein was perhaps the most gifted General in the entire war. Literate and aristocratic, he was an operational and tactical genius who always planned ten steps ahea ...more
While this book is mostly stand-alone, it does take a great deal of information and comparisons from Manstein's own work, 'Lost Victories'. So for some, it might be be ...more
The book maintains an impressive depth of research and objective tone. The author, a British Major General, is particularly well suited to the explain the subject material. His access to personal papers and the experiences of a military apparatus serve him well. He covers Manstein's brilliant successes and ethical lapses equally. The maps are quite helpful in illustrating the details of military planning.
Although the book starts slowly, following Manstein's own autobiography closely for the first decades of his life, it really comes to life with the outbreak of the Second World War, where Manstein's influence and experience was to become of global importance. In contrast to some biographies of other senior German commanders, Melvin draws upon his own experience as a high-ranking general to explore Manstein's approach t ...more
He writes really well; the pace is good; the level of detail is excellent; importantly it is delivered in a very personal/readable style.
The quality of the maps and the photos are the best that I have ever come across. The author's military experience both as a strategist, engineer and historian has blended well t ...more
* Detailed assessments of Mansteins' strengths and flaws, as well as reviews on his major operations.
* Many challenges in his life, from his military struggles against the Russians and Hitler to his criminal prosecution, are described very well.
* The German and Russian terms are provided, not just the English translation.
* The battles are not covered with enough detail.