Alfred von Schlieffen

1833 - 1913

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Alfred Graf 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 388,689 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Alfred von Schlieffen is the 166th most popular military personnel (up from 167th in 2019), the 381st most popular biography from Germany (up from 414th 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 166 out of 1,466Before him are Sun Jian, Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, Draža Mihailović, Paul Hausser, Hans Krebs, and Andrey Vlasov. After him are Matilda of Tuscany, August von Mackensen, Lavr Kornilov, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Mikhail Frunze, and Paul Tibbets.

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Among people born in 1833, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 7Before him are Alfred Nobel, Johannes Brahms, Alexander Borodin, Wilhelm Dilthey, Benjamin Harrison, and Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria. After him are Élie Ducommun, Ferdinand von Richthofen, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Eugen Dühring, Félicien Rops, and Edward Burne-Jones. Among people deceased in 1913, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 6Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Rudolf Diesel, George I of Greece, Alfred Russel Wallace, and J. P. Morgan. After him are Menelik II, Josephine Cochrane, Harriet Tubman, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Sophia of Nassau, and August Bebel.

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Among people born in Germany, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 381 out of 5,289Before him are Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Theodor Heuss (1884), Hans Krebs (1898), Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), and Gregor Strasser (1892). After him are Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), Christian V of Denmark (1646), August von Mackensen (1849), Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926), Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), and Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Alfred von Schlieffen ranks 38Before him are Helmuth Weidling (1891), Franz Halder (1884), Georg von Küchler (1881), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Paul Hausser (1880), and Hans Krebs (1898). After him are August von Mackensen (1849), Wilhelm List (1880), Joachim Peiper (1915), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), and Kurt Meyer (1910).