The general who’s called more powerful than Hitler
on the photo: Adolf Hitler and his generals. Far left, Erich von Manstein. Right, Kurt Zietzler and Ewald von Kleist.
What is the dark cause?
New documents released by the German government reveal it was not Adolph Hitler, but German’s top General Erich von Manstein who devised the plan to conquer France and most of Europe now more than 70 years ago. More alarming is the fact that von Manstein’s secrets “have been kept under wraps for so long,” writes author Benoit Lemay in the newly published book “Erich von Manstein: Hitler’s Master Strategist.” Lemay is an expert on Hitler’s “military elite,” as well as war crimes committed by the Wehrmacht in Europe during World War II. Lemay’s book is chilling in its accounts of what Hitler’s master planner had in mind for total world domination under something dubbed the “dark cause.”
The greatest military mind of all time
Field Marshal Erich von Manstein is viewed by many students who prize themselves in being experts in World War II lore as more brilliant than Hitler, Patton, Rommel, MacArthur and Montgomery. “What’s so crazy is nobody seems to know too much about von Manstein. And, it’s now revealed – decades and decades after the war – that he was the top dog for Hitler. He was Hitler’s brain, his strategist,” says Eugene student Mark Klein whose studies German military history.
Klein joins other students at both American and European universities who are now studying what “really happened during World War II.” The results are more than just details about Nazi death and destruction, but secret deal making by the Vatican with the Nazi’s, and world governments.
In fact, the study of “Nazi’s during World War II” is still a hot topic at leading German universities in Berlin and around the country. “It’s one of the top fields of study for both special masters’ and doctorate programs, explained Klein whose grandfather fought for the Nazi’s.
Why Nazi secrets were kept for so long?
The recent release of letters, records and other writings of von Manstein by the German government’s numerous academic study departments does not answer why secret Nazi files have been controlled and kept from the public domain for nearly 70 years.
Thus, academics such as Klein say it’s “simply occurring now because of records that are being reviewed for computer systems such as Google. As we copy all the great books, we also will see other things scanned into computers for the first time.”
Moreover, the author Benoit Lemay points to recently disclosed secret documents from Germany’s famed Wehrmacht files – that were seized by German officials after World War II and kept secret under control of the government for national security reasons – as an example of what’s been “controlled is now making its way into the public domain.”
The secret files points to von Manstein being so cocky as to exclaim that “we could have won World War II easily if not for the Fuhrer.” And, that the destruction of the Jews in Europe was just one small part of a massive plan to not only conquer but rule the world with von Manstein, and not the mentally ill Hitler in charge.
Manstein wanted to drop the bomb
It was Field Marshal von Manstein who claimed Hitler had mishandled the Nazi’s A-bomb tests, and was critical of Hitler not bringing the bomb on line sooner so as to wipe out its enemies.” At the same time, Lemay details how the Nazi’s had the A-bomb secrets long before the Americans were ready to drop the two A-bombs on Japan.
“It’s no secret,” adds Klein, “that if Hitler had perfected his rockets with A-Bomb warheads before the U.S. dropped the bombs on Japan, the Nazi state would have ruled the world.”
Lemay concurs, and points out the von Manstein’s goal after the war to continue with a so-called “dark cause” that’s a focal point for many Nazi support groups in Germany and throughout the world today.
In brief, the “dark cause” is so highly classified that both Germany and the United Nations have marked any and all files as “classified” and not available to the public even after WW II has been over for nearly 70 years, adds Klien of his research that’s tied to a world wide web of Nazi scholars who report details of Nazi lifestyle, plans and secrets on a regular basis.
Manstein wanted total world domination
Erich von Manstein was a “great military figure who declined to join any clandestine plots against the Fuhrer, believing they would simply cause chaos, the one thing he abhorred,” writes Lemay in his new book that reveals the Nazi’s top strategist. “Even though he (von Manstein) constantly opposed Hitler on operational details, he considered it a point of loyalty to simply stand with the German state, in whatever form.”
Thus, such loyalty is respected until this day in Germany and other circles where von Manstein is considered the “man,” or the most important figure in what’s viewed as Nazi successes during the war.
At the same time, another famed Nazi historian, John Keegan, thinks that Field Marshal Manstein “possessed one of the best military minds in the Wehrmacht.” In turn, Klein notes that the list of historians and former Nazi officials who knew about Manstein kept his secret “because he was the genius who created all the plans that worked for the Nazi’s.”
In brief, von Manstein was liked by the German citizenry and not viewed as the monster in the same way as Hitler is viewed today. Yet, it was von Manstein and not Hitler who “pulled the strings,” writes Lemay.
Moreover, there’s details from the Nuremberg trial that Nazi Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel wrote in his memoirs that he wanted Manstein to lead the German military but Hitler was saving him for the post-WW II period as a sort of “keeper of the flame.”
“I myself advised Hitler three times to replace me (as the army’s chief of staff) with von Manstein,” stated Keitel during his Nuremberg trail.
Manstein survives WW II with plans for the Nazi’s future
According to Lemay’s new book and newly released private and secret documents about von Manstein, there was a view in post World War II Germany, that “Manstein would one day again lead his beloved Wehrmacht “on behalf of the National Socialist regime.”
While it’s illegal in Germany today to talk about the Nazi days and plans for world domination, there are those who still keep paintings of both Hitler and von Manstein hung in places of honor in their homes or secret meeting places, states reports out of Germany about the almost never ending job of trying to weed out modern Nazi groups and those who are still loyal to the former leaders.
“On June 10, 1973, von Manstein died from a stroke at the age of 85 in the town of Irschenhausen, near Munich, where he had been living since 1958, after having successively lived in Allmendingen, near Ulm in Essen, and Munster. He was interred on June 15, 1973, with full military honors,” writes Lemay.
Moreover, von Manstein made it a practice in modern times – from the 1950s until his death in 1973 – to “make it his duty to defend the honor of the German soldiers who had fought under the Third Reich,” adds Lemay.
The author also noted that nobody in the world could touch von Manstein because, at heart, they knew he was the man who was most respected by German military and people as, perhaps, the “greatest military mind of all time.”