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 a real baron, Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen. Born in Bodenwerder, Electorate of Hanover, the real-life Münchhausen fought for the Russian Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of 1735–1739. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Baron Munchausen has received more than 1,159,039 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Baron Munchausen is the 38th most popular military personnel (down from 31st in 2019), the 110th most popular biography from Germany (down from 98th in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Military Personnel.

Baron Munchausen is most famous for his tall tales.

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Among military personnels, Baron Munchausen ranks 38 out of 1,466. Before him are Tariq ibn Ziyad, Flavius Aetius, T. E. Lawrence, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Guan Yu, and Isoroku Yamamoto. After him are Tokugawa Ieyasu, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Arminius, Manfred von Richthofen, Ernst Röhm, and Alfred Jodl.

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Baron Munchausen ranks 110 out of 5,289. Before him are Clara Schumann (1819), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Carl Orff (1895), Erich Honecker (1912), Helmut Kohl (1930), and Alfred Wegener (1880). After him are Theodor Mommsen (1817), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Peter III of Russia (1728), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), and Arminius (-17).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Baron Munchausen ranks 7Before him are Erwin Rommel (1891), Karl Dönitz (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), and Friedrich Paulus (1890). After him are Arminius (-17), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Walter Model (1891), and Erich Raeder (1876).