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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 Field Marshal of the Wehrmacht during the Second World War, who 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 2,700,211 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Erich von Manstein is the 16th most popular military personnel (up from 17th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from Germany (up from 69th 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 16 out of 1,468Before him are Adolf Eichmann, Themistocles, William Wallace, Khalid ibn al-Walid, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, and Oda Nobunaga. After him are Chiang Kai-shek, Heinz Guderian, Arminius, Ratko Mladić, Ptolemy I Soter, and Pyrrhus of Epirus.

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Among people born in 1887, Erich von Manstein ranks 5Before him are Le Corbusier, Erwin Schrödinger, Marc Chagall, and Charles I of Austria. After him are Chiang Kai-shek, Marcel Duchamp, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Ernst Röhm, Padre Pio, Arthur Rubinstein, and Bernard Montgomery. Among people deceased in 1973, Erich von Manstein ranks 7Before him are Pablo Picasso, J. R. R. Tolkien, Bruce Lee, Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende, and David Ben-Gurion. After him are Lyndon B. Johnson, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Fulgencio Batista, Pearl S. Buck, Ivan Konev, and Hans Kelsen.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich von Manstein ranks 67 out of 6,142Before him are Gerd Müller (1945), Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Martin Bormann (1900), Konrad Adenauer (1876), and Erich Fromm (1900). After him are Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Helmut Kohl (1930), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), and Franz Beckenbauer (1945).


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 Heinz Guderian (1888), Arminius (-17), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Baron Munchausen (1720), Ernst Röhm (1887), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Alfred Jodl (1890).