Albrecht Gustav von Manstein

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Albrecht Gustav von Manstein
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Birth name Albert Ehrenreich Gustav von Manstein
Born (1805-08-24)24 August 1805
Died 11 May 1877(1877-05-11) (aged 71)
Allegiance Kingdom of Prussia Prussia
German Empire Imperial Germany
Service/branch Prussian Army
Years of service 1822–1873
Rank General of the Infantry
Unit 6th Infantry Division
Commands held IX Corps
Battles/wars Second Schleswig War
Austro-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
Awards Pour le Mérite
Relations Erich von Manstein

Albert Ehrenreich Gustav von Manstein (24 August 1805 in Willkischken – 11 May 1877 in Flensburg) was a Prussian general who served during the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-German War. He was the adoptive grandfather of Erich von Manstein.

Manstein entered the 3rd Infantry Regiment in 1822. In 1841 he was promoted to first lieutenant and he became an adjutant on the staff of the I Army Corps. By 1864 he had been promoted to the rank of Major General (Generalleutnant) and given command of the 6th Infantry division, which he led during the Second Schleswig War in the Battle of Dybbøl and at Als. During the Austro-Prussian War he commanded the reserve of the First Army, which he led during the battle of Königgrätz and for which he was awarded the Pour le Mérite.

In 1867, Manstein was given command of IX Corps and was promoted to General der Infanterie in 1868. When the Franco-German War started in August 1870, IX Corps became part of the Second Army of Prince Friedrich Karl. Manstein and his Corps distinguished themselves at Gravelotte. After the fall of the Second Empire, Manstein fought in the Loire valley in the campaigns at Orleans and Le Mans. For his services during the war he was awarded 100.000 thaler. He retired in 1873.



  • Howard, Michael, The Franco-Prussian War: The German Invasion of France 1870–1871, New York: Routledge, 2001. ISBN 0-415-26671-8.
  • Poten, Berhard von: Manstein, Albrecht Ehrenreich Gustav v. in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 20, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1884, S. 248.