Manstein by Mungo Melvin
Hitler's Greatest General

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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 also stands as one of the war's most enigmatic and controversial figures. To some, he was a leading proponent of the Nazi regime and a symbol of the moral corruption of the Wehrmacht. Yet he also disobeyed Hitler, who dismissed his leading Field Marshal over this incident, and has been suspected by some of conspiring against the Führer. Sentenced to eighteen years by a British war tribunal at Hamburg in 1949, Manstein was released in 1953 and went on to advise the West German government in founding its new army within NATO.



Military historian and strategist Mungo Melvin combines his research in German military archives and battlefield records with unprecedented access to family archives to get to the truth of Manstein's life and deliver this definitive biography of the man and his career.



 

About Mungo Melvin

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MAJOR GENERAL MUNGO MELVIN is Senior Directing Staff (Army), Royal College of Defence Studies, London. He has directed the British Army's Strategic and Combat Studies Institute, managed the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and served as Director of Operational Capability in the Ministry of Defence.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 689 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Melvin, a British major general (Royal College of Defense Studies, London), emphasizes Erich von Manstein’s (1887–1973) operational skill as well as his problematic ethical decisions while commanding assaults on the Eastern Front during World War II.

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Thus it was that even after the war, he maintained that by doing Hitler’s bidding “I was serving my country in its greatest danger!” It was his “duty,” he explained, “to help my soldiers in their heavy fighting against an enemy.” Still, as Manstein knew but would not acknowledge, by the ...

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A master military strategist in the Prussian tradition—but one who approved of ruthless treatment for Jews.

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Military historian and strategist Mungo Melvin combines his research in German military archives and battlefield records with unprecedented access to family archives to get to the truth of Manstein’s life and deliver this definitive biography of the man and his career.

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HistoryNet

A Russian edition is scheduled for 2012—not surprising, considering that Marshal of the Soviet Union Rodion Malinovsky, the Red Army's key field commander in the latter part of the war, once said: "We considered the hated Manstein our most dangerous opponent.

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HistoryNet

No major biography of Field Marshal Erich von Man­stein has appeared in English until now, though he was the greatest German general of World War II—and probably the greatest of all the war's leaders.

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