Erich von Manstein: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

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Erich von Manstein was one of the most successful German commanders of World War II. His military mind proved outstanding in many a conflict but perhaps his greatest triumph was his ingenious operational plan that led to the rapid defeat of France in May 1940. Manstein also showed great skill under adversity by commanding a furious rebuff to the Soviet armies in 1943, whilst Germany were retreating. However, his skill could not reverse Germany's declining fortunes and Manstein's frequent disagreement's with ...
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Overview

Erich von Manstein was one of the most successful German commanders of World War II. His military mind proved outstanding in many a conflict but perhaps his greatest triumph was his ingenious operational plan that led to the rapid defeat of France in May 1940. Manstein also showed great skill under adversity by commanding a furious rebuff to the Soviet armies in 1943, whilst Germany were retreating. However, his skill could not reverse Germany's declining fortunes and Manstein's frequent disagreement's with Hitler over military strategy led to his dismissal. Robert Forczyk tells the story of one of Germany's most valuable military talents, from his early years to his post- war conviction and his later career.
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"In all, it is a fascinating look at one of Germany's more capable yet somewhat misunderstood commanders. A most interesting read and one that I am sure you will enjoy." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

"Robert Forczyk writes about one of Germany’s most important and controversial military figures of World War II, Erich von Manstein. He tells the story of his military talents from his early years to his post war conviction and his later career ... Manstein’s military reputation was so revered that in 1944 he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. This book will be of special interest to World War II historians, students and enthusiasts alike." -www.mataka.org (October 2010)

"Robert Forczyk tells the story of one of Germany’s most valuable military talents, from his early years to his post-war conviction and his later career."
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"Anyone with the slightest interest in this famous German general will want to give this one a read." -Military Miniatures in Review (No. 53)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034657
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Series: Command Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 784,520
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relations and National Security from the University of Maryland and a strong background in European and Asian military history. He retired as a lieutenant-colonel from the US Army Reserves having served 18 years as an armour officer in the US 2nd and 4th infantry divisions and as an intelligence officer in the 29th Infantry Division (Light). Dr Forczyk is currently a consultant in the Washington, DC, area.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The early years, 1887-1913 5

The military life, 1914-43 7

The hour of destiny 32

Opposing commanders 57

When war is done 58

Inside the mind 60

A life in words 62

Further reading 63

Index 64

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