Note the Romanian Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd Class pinned to his left breast.
Note the black & white ribbon with crossed swords and crown device tucked through his buttonhole: this represents his Prussian Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal Hohenzollern House Order.
Note the Romanian Order of Michael the Brave, 2nd Class suspended beneath von Manstein’s Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.

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NAME:             Generalfeldmarschall Erich Von Manstein
                          Special Note: Fomerly Lewinski, but on death of his parents was adopted by
                                                    Georg Von Manstein and took his name (see below)

PW NO:         B33419
RANK:           Gen. Feldmarsch
CAPTURED:  Holstein
DATE:            26th August 1945

DATE OF BIRTH:      24th November 1887
PLACE OF BIRTH:    Braunfels An Der Lahn
DATE OF DEATH:    10th June 1973
PLACE OF DEATH:  Irschenhausen, Bavaria

NATIONALITY:        German
RELIGION:                Evangelical
OCCUPATION:         Regular Soldier
HEIGHT:                    181 cms
WEIGHT:                    75 kgs
HAIR COLOUR:        Grey
EYE COLOUR:          Grey

NEXT OF KIN:          Jutta-Sibylle Manstein, Achterberg Post, Dorfmark, Kreis Fallingbostel (British Zone)


His military career started in 1906 when he was commissioned in the Imperial Army. From the start of WWII to February 1940 he was Chief Of Staff  for the army group commanded by General Gerd Von Rundstedt.  In this post he established the operations plans for Hitler's successful campaign in the West, being the mastermind behind the Blitzkrieg tactic used against France in 1940.

Von Manstein was rewarded for his ingenuity in July 1942 after the fall of Sevastopol, when he was promoted to General Field Marshal (effective 1 July 1942).

He was then transferred to the Eastern Front where he was given command of the Eleventh army which successfully conquered the Crimea and Sevastopol for the Third Reich.  After the fall of the Sevastopol, Hitler sent Von Manstein to Leningrad.

He had been asked to take part in the plot against Hitler.  Although at first willing, he later refused and drew away from the plot.

At the close of the war, Manstein was captured and brought to Bridgend. In August 1948 he returned to Germany for trial before a British military court.  After the trial, which lasted for four months, he was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.  He was however acquitted of the charge of having "ordered, authorised and permitted" mass extermination of Jews and others in Russia.

The sentence was reduced to 12 years.  In 1952 he was released on parole to enter hospital for an eye operation.  He was finally released in May 1953 and died in Munich on June 12th 1973 at the age of 85.


Two years old, Manstein with his adoptive mother and sister

Manstein joined the 3 Garde-Regiment zu Fuss, the same regiment where his famous uncle GFM von Hindenburg served

Manstein, his wife Jutta-Sibylle and his daughter Gisella

17th February 1943
GFM von Manstein, Commander of Heeresgruppe "Süd", salutes the Führer at Zaporozhie, Manstein´s HQ at 250 Km. south of Kharkov. Next to him is GFM Freiherr von Richthofen