Baron Munchausen

1720 - 1797

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Baron Munchausen (; German: [ˈmʏnçˌhaʊzn̩]) is a fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe in his 1785 book Baron Munchausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia. The character is loosely based on baron Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen. Born in Bodenwerder, Hanover, the real-life Münchhausen fought for the Russian Empire during the Russo-Turkish War of 1735–1739. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Baron Munchausen has received more than 1,843,216 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Baron Munchausen is the 50th most popular military personnel (down from 35th in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from Germany (down from 110th in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Military Personnel.

Baron Munchausen is most famous for his tall tales.

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Among military personnels, Baron Munchausen ranks 50 out of 2,058Before him are Tariq ibn Ziyad, Tughril, Romulus Augustulus, Isoroku Yamamoto, Michel Ney, and Roland. After him are Mikhail Kutuzov, Flavius Aetius, Erich Ludendorff, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Vasily Zaitsev.

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Among people born in 1720, Baron Munchausen ranks 1After him are Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Philip, Duke of Parma, Charles Edward Stuart, Carlo Gozzi, Anna Maria Mozart, James Hargreaves, Louisa Ulrika of Prussia, Emperor Sakuramachi, Heraclius II of Georgia, Charles Bonnet, and Vilna Gaon. Among people deceased in 1797, Baron Munchausen ranks 1After him are Frederick William II of Prussia, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, François-Noël Babeuf, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, James Hutton, Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Lazare Hoche, Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Vilna Gaon, and Joseph Wright of Derby.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Baron Munchausen ranks 135 out of 7,253Before him are Michel Ney (1769), Walter Gropius (1883), Erik Erikson (1902), Carl Orff (1895), George I of Great Britain (1660), and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681). After him are Max von Laue (1879), Christian IX of Denmark (1818), Meister Eckhart (1260), Otto Hahn (1879), Max Müller (1823), and Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Baron Munchausen ranks 10Before him are Erich von Manstein (1887), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Arminius (-17), Heinz Guderian (1888), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), and Michel Ney (1769). After him are Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742).