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Clearly better than Rommel. If it wasn't for Hitler, Manstein would have save the encircled 6th Army. After the Stalingrad disaster he was able to stabilize the front in the south and launched a counter offensive recapturing charkov. The "Unternehmen Zitadelle" (battle of Kursk) was also his idea, but Hitler ordered them to wait until Summer 1943. So the Red army had enough time to fortify their defense lines. Also important for his status as the best german Feldmarschall is the fact, that von Manstein never gave a order to execute civilians, jews or any other ethnic group. He was no racist or member of the Nazi party.
Field Marshall Manstein was a brillant tactician who understood how the warfare had to be conducted. It is indeed sad that he was not allowed to do what he had planned and this led to the reversal of the German army.
As said earlier by others if Hitler had allowed his Field Marshalls / Generals to conduct their battles, the history what we see today and what would have been would be different. Manstein counter offensives were brillant and today many of his battle plans are case studies in the military academy worl wide.
Von Manstein, born Von Lewinsaki, graduated with honors in the Russian Front. His greatest quality was strategic vision and capacity to improvise upon fateful circumstants and against all odds.
If Hitler didn't interfere him, he could end the war in southern Russia with victoryV33 Comments
In my vision the best of all field marshalls FMG Erwin Rommel. His tactics, strategies, and his talents were extraordinary. His respect to enemy was famous to all. Very kind. He was also a national hero. He just fought for battle, not for any other interest. Almost all the German generals were sharper than any generals of the world. Their patriotism were also mentionable. If they were not being commanded by Hitler, the world was their to rule. Still not being a German, I really have the deepest respect to all the German generals.
Erwin Rommel was even more popular within the the enemy lines than he was within his troops... So frightened by his popularity and tactics were Allies that FieldMarshall Auchinelek Commander of the British Eighth Army Had to issue the orders of zero tolerance for soldiers found indulged in his praise... Perfect soldier... Ordered to present such food and water to prisoners as would be used by his field commanders... Exceptional behaviour with the enemy prisoners... If he would have commanded Normandy... operation Overlord would have been a great failure!
He was the best in the world at the time.. Shame he was on the wrong side.. A true master of tactics & planning, a trye profesional a great loss to the German people.
No matter what haters think of him, Rommel is always one of the best Field Marshal Germany ever has. - GrusskV28 Comments
He developed the blitzkreig method witch nearly took all of Europe by storm
Guderian does not belong on this list, Not because he wasn't an outstanding commander. But because he was never promoted to field marshal, he ended the war as a colonel general.
Guderian was clever and cunning, and was an awesome tactician. His main problem was Kluge and Hitler did not like him, he uttered his true feelings about warfare and that was his demise.
Master of the game
Brilliant his tactics are still used today, Hitler shouldn't of sacked himV11 Comments
Von Rundstedt was forced to put up with Hilter yet provided the leadership required to keep an army together more than any of the other field marshals
He was a brilliant strategist also he was the last of Germany's "Black Knights".
The best, he guided Rommal and many others. Under rated and his record speaks for its self. if Hitler listened to him the way may have been very different.
He had the most thorough grasp of both people and technology. He never stopped learning- learned to fly at 48. He had the creativity, optimism, honesty, and strength of character to accomplish anything and earned the honor and admiration of his Allied enemies, who dubbed him "Smiling Albert."
A Luftwaffe field marshal whom was also adept at handling his ground troops, he was a cutting-edge strategist for his time. He once said that he thought generals in the future would have to be adept at managing all aspects of combat on land, sea, and air. His steady defense of central and northern Italy have been dubbed "flawless," by several historians.
He did more with less than any other GeneralV6 Comments
A Prussian's Prussian. He did well in Poland in 1939. He should have not been replaced by von Rundstedt as the commander of the Army Group that would be the deciding force in the Fall Gelb operation in 1940. He was the most aggressive of the three army group commanders. He was constantly on the move driving his subordinate commanders forward. He would not have hesitated to wipe out the surrounded Dunkirk enemies. He was also highly aggressive against the Russians and should have been allowed to drive on Moscow. Had Moscow fallen in the Fall of 1941. It would have been the greatest catastrophe. Moscow was the greatest political prize, it was the road and railroad center of the country. It also had great industrial value as well and the electric grid was centered there too. Gfm. von Bock burned himself out in this campaign. He could possibly have been rated higher than von Manstein had he been allowed to do what he wanted in 1940 and 1941.
Brilliant in defense, through good intelligence, a continuous frontline, and retreating through prepared defenses. The man knew how to use his tanks to slaughter enemies, in spite of the loss of air supremacy.
The youngest Field Marshall was also a brilliant commander for crises. Excelled in the art of orderly retreat while at the same time giving a bloody nose to the attackers.
In retreat made a lot of casualties with the allied troops.V4 Comments
He was a man who was very familiar with war tactics and defense so much so that he wrote books about it and was regarded as an authority on defense... And in the use of tactics to wear down the enemy rather than stage a full frontal attack. Hitler's impatience, misguided alterations to field strategy, and arm chair tactics to take Leningrad led to his failure to take leningrad and ultimately cost him the war.
A clear thinking aristocrat, he showed with simple math that the trapped 6th army at Stalingrad could not be sufficiently supplied from the air.
A master of tactical air support. Should be around #4-6 on the list.
He is the master of modern air war
He os very good man
Hell, Goring was nothing but a gluten and a dope addict. Fat morphine shooting art stealing brainless advantage seeking boy following Hitler. What major air war did Goring winâ"
Morphine addict while he did all of this. Imagine him off of the smack?
Goring was a muppet. How could that idiot be on this list. A useless pompous thieving druggie.V4 Comments
He was terrible! He was called Lakeitel or so which means lackey!
He leads the defeated army at the end.
Gen. Witzleben was right person to save in German and remove insane Nazis group. He knew they went too far that cause to destroy in German, and he knew German will fall hand or won't last for long era. If he win in operated Valkyrie then the history will change a lot different in a storied.
He was a Prussian, to the end.
His lasting remark addressed to the Nazi judge, at the end of the farcical trial that condemned him to death... " You better hurry up and hang me, because it wont be long before they hang the lot of you "... Depicts the courage of the man...haggard, abused, tortured in the Gestapo interrogations, he stood in front of the judge, with no belt to hold up his trousers, with no false teeth to force him to slur his words...they hanged by a piano wire around his throat... The wire attached to a meat hook...and slowly raised him to a slow death...filmed for Hitlers entertainment...
Gen. Heinrici put morals before orders and saved thousands of his men's lives because of his brilliant tactics in a fighting retreat from the Oder river to Berlin. Would have been a Field Marshal but angered Hitler with his religious beliefs. I believe he should be number one on the list.
Paulus # 19?! People know nothing of WWII German Generals! Hitler knowing absolutely nothing of war tactics, and put his General's in impossible situation's every day. Then asked for suicide when his impossible orders couldn't be carried outâ - Hitler was not a military tactician of any kindâ - Bohemian Corporal people, remember thatâ - â -
Paulus was Catholic, and didn't believe in Bohemian Corporal Hitler's suicide ideas. He stated " He wouldn't kill himself for some Bohemian Corporal who knew nothing of was"! Paulus live the longest after the war. Who's the brilliant General?!
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