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Erich von Manstein (1887–1973)

Born Erich von Lewinski of Polish extraction, von Manstein was adopted by his mother's sister and her husband and took their family name. He passed out of the Cadet Corps in 1906 and saw some service in France on the Western front during World War I before going into the War Academy. From 1920 to 1937, von Manstein held various staff posts where ... See full bio »

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 2010 World War II in Colour (TV Series documentary)
- Lightning War (2010) ... Himself (as Gen. Erich von Mannstein)
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 2010 World War II in Colour (TV Series documentary)
- The Soviet Steamroller (2010) ... Himself
 2010 Secrets of the Dead (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Commander, 11th Army
- Deadliest Battle (2010) ... Himself - Commander, 11th Army
 2009 Apocalypse: The Second World War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- L'étau (2009) ... Himself
 1998 Hitlers Krieger (TV Series documentary)
- Manstein - Der Stratege (1998) ... Himself
 1998 Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (TV Series documentary)
- Sitzkrieg: The Phony War ... Himself (uncredited)
 1996 Hitler's Generals (TV Series documentary)
Himself (as Erich Manstein)
 1995 Hitler: A Profile (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself (uncredited)
 1990 My Private War (Documentary)
Himself (in Kiev)
 1989 How Hitler Lost the War (Video documentary)

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5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Erich Manstein | Gen. Erich von Mannstein


5' 11¼" (1.81 m)

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Jewish Bolshevik system must be wiped out once and for all and should never again be allowed to invade our European living space ... It is the same Jewish class of beings who have done so much damage to our own Fatherland by virtue of their activities against the nation and civilization, and who promote anti-German tendencies throughout the world, and who will be the harbingers of revenge. Their ... See more »


Some historians, including Antony Beevor and Benoît Lemay, are of the opinion that Manstein had some Jewish ancestry. Manstein was the only Reichswehr officer who opposed the introduction of the Aryan paragraph in 1934. He sent a letter of protest to General Beck, commenting that anyone who had volunteered to serve in the armed forces had already proven their worth. See more »

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