Erich von Manstein was held in high esteem as one of the best military minds. He was dismissed from service by Hitler in March 1944, due to his frequent clashes with Hitler over military strategy. In 1949 he was brought on trial in Hamburg for war crimes, which convicted him of ,,Neglecting to protect civilians lives''. He sentenced to 18 years in prison, which was later reduced to 12. After released from British prison in 1953.