Friday, April 30, 2021

Enemy Elite Friday: Fritz Erich Georg Eduard von Manstein (Germany)

"General der Infanterie von Manstein had previously shown great merit while serving as the chief of staff of a Heeresgruppe during the Polish campaign.  While operating in the same role in the western theater he played a decisive role in enabling our victory at the lower Somme river through his role in the preparation of our operations.  He was later appointing as the commanding general of an Armee-Korps.  In this latter capacity he repeatedly contributed to our successes in the West due to his leadership in the foremost lines during the course of the fighting near the Somme, Seine and Loire rivers."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 19 July 1940.
"Awarded for his famous “Backhand Blow” during the Third Battle of Kharkov, which saw the Germans retake this important city and finally stabilize the southern sector of the Eastern front for the first time since the formation of the Stalingrad pocket."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 14 March 1943.
"Awarded for his command of Heeresgruppe Süd during the retreat battles from the Donez to the Polish border.  In this time Manstein’s operational brilliance resolved many a crisis and was a major contributor in preventing the collapse of the front despite the very difficult fighting conditions."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on 30 March 1944.
A capable enemy elite,
Brian & Mel

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