Erich von Manstein

1887 - 1973

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Fritz Erich Georg Eduard von Manstein (born Fritz Erich Georg Eduard von Lewinski; 24 November 1887 – 9 June 1973) was a German Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal) in the Heer (Army) of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was subsequently convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. Born into an aristocratic Prussian family with a long history of military service, Manstein joined the army at a young age and saw service on both the Western and Eastern Front during the First World War (1914–18). He rose to the rank of captain by the end of the war and was active in the inter-war period helping Germany rebuild its armed forces. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich von Manstein has received more than 3,182,934 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Erich von Manstein is the 21st most popular military personnel (down from 17th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 67th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Military Personnel.

Erich von Manstein was a German Field Marshal during World War II. He is most famous for his planning of the invasion of France and the Battle of Kursk.

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Among military personnels, Erich von Manstein ranks 21 out of 2,058Before him are Ptolemy I Soter, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Chiang Kai-shek, Themistocles, and Manfred von Richthofen. After him are Cao Cao, Friedrich Paulus, Arminius, Heinz Guderian, Cesare Borgia, and Jan Žižka.

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Among people born in 1887, Erich von Manstein ranks 6Before him are Le Corbusier, Erwin Schrödinger, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, and Chiang Kai-shek. After him are Charles I of Austria, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Padre Pio, Ernst Röhm, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, and Arthur Rubinstein. Among people deceased in 1973, Erich von Manstein ranks 8Before him are J. R. R. Tolkien, Bruce Lee, David Ben-Gurion, Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda, and Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. After him are Lyndon B. Johnson, Fulgencio Batista, Abebe Bikila, Hans Kelsen, İsmet İnönü, and Walter Ulbricht.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich von Manstein ranks 73 out of 7,253Before him are Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Albertus Magnus (1206), Clara Schumann (1819), and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775). After him are Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Richard Strauss (1864), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Charles the Bald (823), Martin Bormann (1900), and Karl Jaspers (1883).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich von Manstein ranks 4Before him are Karl Dönitz (1891), Erwin Rommel (1891), and Adolf Eichmann (1906). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Arminius (-17), Heinz Guderian (1888), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Michel Ney (1769), Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Ernst Röhm (1887).