Manstein : Hitler's greatest general / Mungo Melvin Melvin, Mungo

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Melvin, Mungo
Manstein, Erich von, 1887-1973.; Generals - Germany - Biography.; Campaigns
`This superb book shows how Hitler could have won, but actually lost, the Second World War. Mungo Melvin writes with penetrating analysis and fine prose about the greatest strategic brain of any side in the struggle.` Andrew Roberts -- `A long-overdue, hugely important and triumphantly-executed biography of the man who was indeed Hitler`s most capable general. This superb book is distinguished by both careful use of under-exploited sources and fine operational understanding. A major achivement.` Richard Holmes -- `Perceptive, fascinating and refreshing...Mungo Melvin`s new biography of Manstein is an admirable and well-written addition to the existing literature, incorporating newly released archival materials and providing fresh perspectives on why and how the venerable Field Marshal operated as he did.` David Glantz -- `A comprehensive, vivid portrait not only of a central and controversial figure in the Second World War, but also of the Germany he served. As both a scholar and a military professional, Major General Mungo Melvin has admirably captured the long elusive Erich von Manstein in a book of particular relevance to today`s readers.` Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle -- The Life of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein is the story of a doomed generation: the generats who clamied they fought for Germany, not for Hitler. Like Albert Speer, the polished, urbane Manstein was no uncouth Nazi. The ablest product of the German general staff, he impressed foes and friends alike. Charged with war crimes, his case was taken up by the British historian Liddell Hart. He was sentanced to 18 years, but released after three and went on to advise the West German government on founding its new army within NATO. -- Manstein was the military genius who created the plan for the 1940 Blitzkrieg that overran France, Belgium and the Netherlands in six weeks. Catapulted to high command, he played a key role in the invasion of Russia, the conquest of the Crimea and the abortive attempt to rescue the Sixth Army at Stalingrad, his most controversial campaign. Three months later, he inflicted a massive defeat on Soviet forces at Kharkov, a battle that has been studied in military academies ever since. -- Mungo Melvin, granted acdess to the Manstein family papers, has researched this book in British and German archives, and on various Ukrainian battlefields. This is much more than a biography of a great commander; the author provides a penetrating account of a general`s conflict with his political leader and the moral dilemmas involved. In Germany today, Manstein remains a hotly disputed figure, emblematic of a military class that clamied to be above politics, yet whose action for inactional enabled Hitler to prosecute a war of conquest and to perpetrate the Holocaust. This book reveals the true story of Hitler`s most controversial general --Book Jacket.
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