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Place_Pub: Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1974. Hardcover. 400, illus., endpaper illus., maps, appendices, bibliography, index, some darkening to text, some wear to DJ edges. The author was formerly an intelligence officer in Hitler's Navy. The book contains revelations about the conflict of strategic ideas, both within the German Admiralty and between its head and Hitler; about the failure of the Navy under Raeder and the Luftwaffe under Goering to cooperate; and about the feuds between the Naval staff on shore and the Fleet Commanders at sea. Strange as it may seem, no reliable and yet popular history of the German Navy during the Second World War has appeared since the German war records were returned from London and became available to German historians and journalists. With such records now to hand, this book can report the highlights and decisive phases of the war at sea from the German point of view. Germany's defeat at sea was the one which irretrievably lost her the war. Efforts to suppress or forget our mistakes, though originally understandable, have succeeded only in cloaking personalities in a veil of "taboo'' quite contrary to German naval tradition. Erich Raeder, architect of the fleet that in 1939 had to be sent out to fight a war that it did not expect, once pronounced: "The deeds of the German Navy must be subjected to the full light of day."
Chicago, IL: Henry Regnery Company, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. 574,  pages. Foreword by B. H. Liddle Hart. Occasional footnotes. Illustrations. Maps. Appendices. Glossary of military terms. Index. Stamp inside front flyleaf. DJ somewhat soiled/small tears, DJ spine faded/wrinkled. The author was the most independent minded of the German Generals in World War II. He has much to say on the subject of Hitler as a military leader and on some of Hitler's disastrous decisions. Verlorene Siege (English: Lost Victories is the personal narrative of Erich von Manstein, a German field marshal during World War II. The book was first published in West Germany in 1955, and its English translation was published in 1958 for distribution in the UK and the US. Manstein presents his own experiences, ideas and decisions as they appeared to him during the 1930s and 1940s. He wrote as one who played an active part in the story he was relating. Discussing the 1939 invasion of Poland, Manstein alleged Poland's lack of military leadership. Manstein, who commanded the south German sector forces in 1943, complained that Operation Citadel (the offensive against Kursk) was delayed too long for the German force to break through. He also wrote that Hitler halted the attack prematurely, a decision he called "tantamount to throwing away a victory". According to Manstein, Hitler (whom he praises and criticizes,) did not allow the detailed planning of large-scale military operations. Manstein wrote that in 1943, a draw could have been achieved on the Eastern Front by bleeding the Red Army dry if the generals had been allowed to operate properly.