Collectors Showcase CS00423 Berlin 1938 - Erich von Manstein (1:30 Scale)
"I would rather die standing up in a Mercedes than hide away."
- German Chancellor Adolf Hitler commenting upon a possible assasination attempt while riding in his limousine, 1938
The Collectors Showcase presents the beginning of our new series: Berlin 1938. A series meant to chronicle, in miniature, Berlin at the height of the Third Reich's pre-war power. The first diorama offering is the Fuhrer's Reichkanzlei office complete with map table, lamps and removable swastika flag. The initial figure set offerings are the figures and personalities that brought the Western world to the edge of oblivion. Each figure comes with a removable hat allowing greater flexibility in display. The launch of this series heralds a long view of the great variety of Berlin locales available to the collector. Each vignette setting brings the collector another view of the city's central points throughout the Nazi period. Sold Out!
Height: 2-1/2 inches
Release Date: July 2010
Historical Account: Fritz-Erich von Lewinski called Erich von Manstein (November 24th, 1887 – June 9th, 1973) was a field marshal in World War II. He became one of the most prominent commanders of Germany's World War II armed forces (Wehrmacht). During World War II he attained the rank of Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) and was held in high esteem by his fellow officers as one of the Wehrmacht's best military strategists.
He was the initiator and one of the planners of the Ardennes-offensive alternative in the invasion of France in 1940. He received acclaim from the German leadership for the victorious battles of Perekop Isthmus, Kerch, Sevastopol and Kharkov. He commanded the failed relief effort at Stalingrad and the Cherkassy pocket evacuation. He was dismissed from service by Adolf Hitler in March 1944, due to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. In his memoirs, "Verlorene Siege (1955)," translated into English as "Lost Victories", he is silent on Nazi crimes, critical of Hitler, above all, for denying the Army flexible defensive maneuverability and for "over-reliance" on his "will," and critical of the attempt by other military officers on Hitler's life.
In 1949, he was tried in Hamburg for war crimes and was convicted of "Neglecting to protect civilian lives" and using scorched earth tactics which denied vital food supplies to the local population. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, later reduced to 12 but he only served 4 years before being released. After release from a British prison in 1953, he became a military advisor to the West German Government.