1 minute from the documentary about Manstein. "My most able General", said Hitler. "He's certainly a clever fellow. But I don't trust him."
It was Manstein's plan that won victory in France in 1940 (and that Manstein quietly allowed Hitler to claim as his own idea). Time after time Hitler called on Manstein to pull the German Wehrmacht out of a death spiral on the Eastern front. Time after time Manstein came through. After firing and recalling Von Manstein several times Hitler dismissed him for that last time in March 1944 due to his continued bickering with Hitler over strategy.
"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."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_von_Manstein