WEST GERMANY: Posies for the General

"The ablest of all German generals," British Military Historian Liddell Hart called him. "Our finest operational brain," said Panzer General Heinz Guderian, an exacting judge. Erich von Manstein charted the daring Panzer thrust through the Ardennes that split the Allied armies and defeated France, and was assigned to lead the German landing in Britain (Operation Sea-Lion ) that never happened (because the amazing British beat off Goring's air assault). In Russia, he opened the fortified gateway to the Crimean peninsula, stormed the Russian Black Sea naval bastion at Sevastopol, and led...

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