Chapters 1 and 2; Before the Storm; The Strategic Position
• Manstein was a deputy in the German Army who was moved to the 18 Division after a scandal.
• He was confused when Hitler signed a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union.
• He was surprised when Hitler was intent on invading Poland and taking back the German lands they had claimed during WWI with French help.
• At this time, the French refused to launch attacks on anyone, so Hitler knew, as the Polish did not, that the French would not help them again.
• The Germans had two main advantages over the Polish- numbers and equipment.
• Hitler focused on the Central Front while invading Poland, and Manstein said Poland's best option would have been to retreat to stronger positions.
Chapters 3 and 4; The Operations of Southern Army Group; The Campaign in the West
• The Southern Army Group or Poland was to engage the Polish...
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