Erich von Manstein
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (later West Germany), born in Prussia
Date of Birth: 1887
Date of Death: 1973
Cause of Death: Stroke
Occupation: Soldier, Politician, Author of Non-Fiction
Parents: Eduard von Lewinski, Helene von Sperling (natural)
Georg von Manstein, Hedwig von Sperling (adopted)
Spouse: Jutta Sibylle von Loesch (d. 1966)
Children: Three
Relatives: Paul von Hindenburg (uncle by marriage)
Military Branch: Imperial German Army (World War I),
Wehrmacht (World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
"Ready for the Fatherland"
POD: February 19, 1943>
Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Occupation: Head of State (title unknown) of Germany
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance;
Down to Earth
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Military Branch: Wehrmacht (WWII, Race Invasion of Tosev 3)

Erich von Manstein (born Fritz Erich Georg Eduard von Lewinski on 24 November 1887, died 9 June 1973) served the German military as a lifelong professional soldier. He became one of the most prominent commanders of Nazi Germany's Wehrmacht.

He was the initiator and one of the planners of the Ardennes-offensive alternative in the invasion of France in 1940. He received acclaim from the German leadership for the victorious battles of Perekop Isthmus, Kerch, Sevastopol and Kharkiv. He commanded the failed relief effort at Stalingrad and the Cherkassy pocket evacuation. He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in March 1944, due to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy.

Manstein was taken prisoner by the British in 1945. In 1949, he was brought on trial in Hamburg for war crimes, which convicted him of "Neglecting to protect civilian lives" and for using scorched earth tactics denying vital food supplies to the local Soviet population. Although claiming to not know about the Holocaust, von Manstein nevertheless showed a callous disregard for the plight of the Jews, equating partisans and Jews, and advocating harsh measures against both. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, which was later reduced to 12 years, but was released in 1953 in order became a military advisor for the government of West Germany during the Cold War.

Erich von Manstein in "Ready for the Fatherland"[]

Erich von Manstein assassinated Adolf Hitler on 19 February 1943, and succeeded Hitler as leader of Germany.

Manstein's clashes with Hitler had grown more frequent as the situation on the Eastern Front deteriorated throughout 1942. In February 1943, Hitler flew to Zaporozhye, in German-Occupied Ukraine to berate Manstein. When Hitler demanded that he launch an attack which Manstein knew would only be disastrous, Manstein balked. In a manic tirade, Hitler then likened Manstein's nose to that of a Jew and commanded him to act. Manstein realized just how insane Hitler's rants had become. He pulled out his pistol and shot Hitler dead. Manstein and his ally, Field Marshal Paul von Kleist, promptly held Hitler's subordinates, Alfred Jodl and Wilhelm Keitel, at gunpoint. In the coming weeks, Manstein began the negotiations for a separate peace with the Soviet Union, becoming Germany's leader in the process.[1] Shortly afterward, Manstein used the recalled Eastern Front troops to drive off the Anglo-American invasion of France, bringing the war in Europe to a close.

Manstein remained Germany's leader into the 1950s. He negotiated a 1953 cease-fire between the USSR and the USA, when an exchange of sunbombs in East Asia nearly escalated into a third world war.[2]

Erich von Manstein in Worldwar[]

Erich von Manstein was a veteran of the aborted World War II and the Race Invasion of Tosev 3. The German military used Manstein's tank tactics with some success against the Race.[3]

In 1965, Manstein was a contender to succeed Heinrich Himmler as Führer and Chancellor of Germany.[4] Despite being a respected general both in Germany and abroad,[5] he was not politically adept enough to gain the favor of the Committee of Eight,[6] and so lost to Ernst Kaltenbrunner.[7] Soviet General-Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov and Foreign Commissar Andrei Gromyko both had hoped Manstein would ascend to the leadership of the Greater German Reich, due to his willingness to see reason and his predictability.[8]


  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pgs. 87-89.
  2. Ibid., pg. 93.
  3. Tilting the Balance, pgs. 204-205, mmp.
  4. Down to Earth, pg. 342.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid., pg. 444.
  7. Ibid., pg. 547.
  8. Ibid.
Political offices
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Adolf Hitler
as Führer and Chancellor
Ruler (title unknown) of Germany
("Ready for the Fatherland")

Succeeded by