Erich Von Manstein

Hitler’s Master Strategist

Benoît Lemay

"This book is a must-read for all those who wish to understand Germany's greatest World War II commander, for both his strategic brilliance and moral ambiguity" - History Book Club "Lemay, a civilian scholar and one of the best of the rising generation of military historians, synergizes Manstein's campaigns and his role in the Final Solution.
Publication date:
May 2011
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781612000596

Dimensions : 228 X 156 mm
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"This book is a must-read for all those who wish to understand Germany's greatest World War II commander, for both his strategic brilliance and moral ambiguity" - History Book Club

"Lemay, a civilian scholar and one of the best of the rising generation of military historians, synergizes Manstein's campaigns and his role in the Final Solution.”- World War II magazine

"…an objective analysis not only of Von Manstein's campaigns but also of his participation in the criminal aspects of Nazi Germany's war effort. Much to the author's credit, he does not flinch when he exposes Von Manstein's participation in the"Final Solution” and an intense examination of the Field Marshal's politics, attitudes and behavior towards his enemies. An excellent biography of a flawed yet brilliant soldier.” - The Past in Review

"…well researched, convincingly reasoned analysis of a general widely considered one of World War II's great commanders...”- Publisher's Weekly

To many students of World War II, von Manstein is already considered to be the greatest commander of the conflict, if not the entire 20th century. He devised the plan that conquered France in 1940, thence led an infantry corps in that campaign; at the head of a panzer corps he reached the gates of Leningrad in 1941, then took command of 11th Army and conquered Sevastopol and the Crimea. After destroying another Soviet army in the north, he was given command of the ad hoc Army Group Don to retrieve the German calamity at Stalingrad, whereupon he launched a counteroffensive that, against all odds, restored the German front.

Though an undoubtedly brilliant military leader-whose achievements, considering the forces at his disposal, cast those of Patton, Rommel, MacArthur, and Montgomery in the pale - surprisingly little is known about Manstein himself, save for his own memoir and the accolades of his contemporaries. In this book we finally have a full portrait of the man, including his campaigns, and an analysis of what precisely kept a genius such as Manstein harnessed to such a dark cause.

REVIEWS

An excellent biography of a flawed yet brilliant soldier.
Amazon customer review by David Poremba

Lemay, a civilian scholar and one of the best of the rising generation of French military historians, synergizes Manstein's campaigns and his role in the Final Solution.
World War II magazine

...if you wish to get an insight into the inner workings of the Nazi machine (as seen through the lens of Manstein's career) then there is plenty here to interest you.
The Wargamer

…a must-read for those interested in not only gaining familiarity with a more moderate position on Manstein but also for all those who wish to understand Germany's primary effort in World War II, as well as its greatest commander.
Globe At War

…well researched, convincingly reasoned analysis of a general widely considered one of World War II's great commanders...
Publisher's Weekly

This book is a must-read for all those who wish to understand Germany's greatest World War II commander, for both his strategic brilliance and moral ambiguity
History Book Club

…an objective analysis not only of Von Manstein's campaigns but also of his participation in the criminal aspects of Nazi Germany's war effort. Much to the author's credit, he does not flinch when he exposes Von Manstein's participation in the "Final Solution” and an intense examination of the Field Marshal's politics, attitudes and behavior towards his enemies. An excellent biography of a flawed yet brilliant soldier.
The Past in Review

In a general staff featuring many talented strategists, Manstein was one of Hitler's most exceptional. A veteran of World War I, he attained the rank of field marshal before being dismissed by Hitler in 1944 for frequently challenging Hitler's military decisions. But for all of Manstein's brilliance, Lemay (history, Univ. of Montreal) demonstrates that he was also a willing servant who carried out Hitler's most heinous orders. Manstein saw himself as merely a military officer uninvolved in any political or ideological issues. He was aware of massacres and war crimes carried out by his own men and even refused to forward complaints about such actions to his superiors. Despite Manstein's insistence that he was merely a soldier serving the state, Lemay never lets us forget that he was morally responsible for his own actions. . . . VERDICT A worthwhile addition for World War II enthusiasts . . .
LIBRARY JOURNAL

It is widely agreed that Erich von Manstein was the Wehrmacht's finest general. He was a master of strategic planning, operational command, and tactical boldness. . . . Lemay, a civilian scholar and one of the best of the rising generation of French military historians, synergizes Manstein's campaigns and his role in the Final Solution.
World War II magazine

The author has successfully maintained a balance between admiration for the military skills of Manstein and condemnation of his involvements in war crimes and total failure to understand the nature of Hitler's rule during the war. The result is a portrait of a great commander but a flawed person.
www.historyofwar.org

…straightforward and uncomplicated… succeeds in cutting through the post-war rewriting of history perpetrated by Manstein (and others) and gives us a realistic pictures of Manstein"s career warts and all.
The Wargamer

…straightforward and uncomplicated… succeeds in cutting through the post-war rewriting of history perpetrated by Manstein (and others) and gives us a realistic pictures of Manstein"s career warts and all.
The Wargamer