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Anton Dostler

1891 - 1945

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Anton Dostler (10 May 1891 – 1 December 1945) was a German army officer who fought in both World Wars. During World War II, he commanded several units as a General of the Infantry, primarily in Italy. After the Axis defeat, Dostler was executed for war crimes—specifically, ordering the execution of fifteen American prisoners of war in March 1944 during the Italian Campaign. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anton Dostler has received more than 800,418 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Anton Dostler is the 509th most popular military personnel (down from 467th in 2019), the 1,245th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,148th in 2019) and the 103rd most popular German Military Personnel.

Anton Dostler was an officer in the German army during World War II. He was executed for war crimes after being found guilty of ordering the execution of 15 captured American soldiers.

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Among military personnels, Anton Dostler ranks 509 out of 1,468Before him are Max Hoffmann, Gongsun Zan, Kenji Doihara, Theodor Busse, Fyodor Ushakov, and Grigory Kulik. After him are Walter Krüger, Archduke Joseph Ferdinand of Austria, William Westmoreland, Pang De, Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, and Husband E. Kimmel.

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Among people born in 1891, Anton Dostler ranks 40Before him are Pier Luigi Nervi, Cole Porter, Hans Reichenbach, Max Amann, Otto Rasch, and Bronislava Nijinska. After him are Grant Wood, Michael Polanyi, Antonio Segni, Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Moïse Kisling, and Arthur Drewry. Among people deceased in 1945, Anton Dostler ranks 94Before him are Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Roza Shanina, Kurt Gerstein, Rudolf von Sebottendorf, Kiril, Prince of Preslav, and Philipp Bouhler. After him are Walter Krüger, Ernst-Robert Grawitz, Hans Kammler, Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, Ivan Chernyakhovsky, and Bernhard Rust.

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Among people born in Germany, Anton Dostler ranks 1,245 out of 6,142Before him are Theodor Busse (1897), Albert III, Duke of Bavaria (1401), Gottfried John (1942), Franz Karl Achard (1753), Lorenz von Stein (1815), and Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria (1905). After him are Ernst-Robert Grawitz (1899), Jost Gippert (1956), Albert Speer (1934), Sebastian Münster (1488), Friedrich Sertürner (1783), and Ernst Chladni (1756).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Anton Dostler ranks 103Before him are Ernst Lindemann (1894), Hans Baur (1897), Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim (1594), Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (1911), Max Hoffmann (1869), and Theodor Busse (1897). After him are Franz von Hipper (1863), Alexander von Kluck (1846), Herta Bothe (1921), Heinz Lammerding (1905), Walter Rauff (1906), and Otto Kumm (1909).