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Alfred von Schlieffen

1833 - 1913

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Graf Alfred von Schlieffen, generally called Count Schlieffen (German pronunciation: [ˈʃliːfn̩]; 28 February 1833 – 4 January 1913) was a German field marshal and strategist who served as chief of the Imperial German General Staff from 1891 to 1906. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred von Schlieffen has received more than 420,135 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Alfred von Schlieffen is the 154th most popular military personnel (up from 166th in 2019), the 385th most popular biography from Germany (down from 381st in 2019) and the 38th most popular German Military Personnel.

Alfred von Schlieffen is most famous for his plan to invade France via Belgium in the event of a war with France and Russia.

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Among military personnels, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 154 out of 1,468Before him are Georg von Küchler, Chūichi Nagumo, Helmuth Weidling, Mardonius, Semyon Budyonny, and Charles V, Duke of Lorraine. After him are José de San Martín, Rudolf Abel, Gertrude Bell, Andrey Vlasov, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and Abraha.

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Among people born in 1833, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 8Before him are Johannes Brahms, Alexander Borodin, Wilhelm Dilthey, Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, Benjamin Harrison, and Élie Ducommun. After him are Ferdinand von Richthofen, Félicien Rops, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Léon Bonnat, Edward Burne-Jones, and Eugen Dühring. Among people deceased in 1913, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 6Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Rudolf Diesel, Alfred Russel Wallace, George I of Greece, and J. P. Morgan. After him are Menelik II, Harriet Tubman, Sophia of Nassau, Lesya Ukrainka, Tobias Asser, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu.

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Among people born in Germany, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 385 out of 6,142Before him are Joachim Löw (1960), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1904), and Klaus Schwab (1938). After him are Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926), Traudl Junge (1920), Leo von Caprivi (1831), and Louise Mountbatten (1889).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 38Before him are Franz Halder (1884), Friedrich Olbricht (1888), Paul Hausser (1880), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), Georg von Küchler (1881), and Helmuth Weidling (1891). After him are Ernst Busch (1885), Joachim Peiper (1915), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Hans Krebs (1898), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), and Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848).