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Old February 3rd, 2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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How guilty was Von Manstein of war crimes during WW2?


How guilty was Von Manstein of war crimes during WW2? Did he receive the punishment he deserved after the war?
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How guilty was Von Manstein of war crimes during WW2? Did he receive the punishment he deserved after the war?
Based on my admittedly limited knowledge of this, I think that the 18 year sentence for him might have been a fair one, but he should have been forced to serve all of it (regardless of whatever eye problems he had, et cetera).
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Enough that he should have been hung by the neck till dead. He gave orders as a corps commander in 1941 that were more zealous in terms of Hitler's ideology than what Hitler himself said, and his forces were quite happy to work with the Holocaust and engage in large-scale murder of civilians the higher he rose in the ranks, justifying this on 'military necessity.' If he'd won he might have made that latter case stick but he lost and so he couldn't.
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Enough that he should have been hung by the neck till dead. He gave orders as a corps commander in 1941 that were more zealous in terms of Hitler's ideology than what Hitler himself said, and his forces were quite happy to work with the Holocaust and engage in large-scale murder of civilians the higher he rose in the ranks, justifying this on 'military necessity.' If he'd won he might have made that latter case stick but he lost and so he couldn't.
Thank you; Manstein benefits from an assumption that there was victors vengeance somewhere and who better to assume was the victim of it besides the man who caused the fall of France (the Manstein Plan)?

Unfortunately that just isn't the case, the man was rotten to the core and going by both the sentence he got in theory and in practice he got away with some of the most appalling atrocities.
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