Eduard von Lewinski
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|Eduard von Lewinski|
|Born||22 February 1829
Münster, Kingdom of Prussia
|Died||17 September 1906
Burgwitz near Trebnitz
|Years of service||–1895|
|Rank||General of Artillery|
|Battles/wars||Second War of Schleswig
|Relations||Erich von Manstein (son)|
Von Lewinski was born in Münster in the Province of Westphalia. He served in the 1864 Danish-Prussian War as a captain of the 1st Guard fortress company. In the 1866 German war he was assigned as a staff officer to the First Army division. In 1867 Lewinski was promoted to major on the general staff. He later served in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, first on the staff of the First Army division and later commanding the quartermaster corps of the South Army. In 1871 he became commander of the general staff of the 9th Army corps. In 1872 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and assumed command of the South Army's 24th artillery regiment.
Further steps in his military career include:
- 1877 Commander of the 2nd Field artillery brigade
- 1880 Promoted to major general
- 1884 Named the inspector general of the 2nd Field artillery
- 1885 Promoted to lieutenant general
- 1889 Appointed Commanding General of the VITH army corps
- 1890 Promoted to General of the artillery.
- 1895 Retired from the army
Von Lewinski died in Burgwitz Trebnitz.
His younger brother, Alfred von Lewinski, was also a Prussian general. World War II Field Marshal Erich von Manstein (1887–1973) was the biological son of the general and his wife Helene von Sperling, who was adopted at birth by their childless brother-in-law, general Georg von Manstein and his wife, Hedwig von Sperling, sister to Helene. A third von Sperling daughter, Gertrud, was married to Paul von Hindenburg.
- Benoit Lemay, Erich von Manstein: Hitler’s Master Strategist (Philadelphia: Casemate Publishers, 2010), p. 12.