Erich Hoepner

1886 - 1944

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Erich Kurt Richard Hoepner (14 September 1886 – 8 August 1944) was a German general during World War II. An early proponent of mechanisation and armoured warfare, he was a Wehrmacht army corps commander at the beginning of the war, leading his troops during the invasion of Poland and the Battle of France. Hoepner commanded the 4th Panzer Group on the Eastern Front during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Units under his command closely cooperated with the Einsatzgruppen and implemented the Commissar Order that directed Wehrmacht troops to summarily execute Red Army political commissars immediately upon capture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Hoepner has received more than 383,363 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Erich Hoepner is the 235th most popular military personnel (up from 264th in 2019), the 556th most popular biography from Germany (up from 609th in 2019) and the 58th most popular Military Personnel.

Erich Hoepner was a German general who was responsible for the death of thousands of Polish civilians in 1939.

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Among military personnels, Erich Hoepner ranks 235 out of 1,468Before him are Gaius Claudius Glaber, Vasily Stalin, Sejanus, Tōgō Heihachirō, Kurt Meyer, and Jean-Baptiste Kléber. After him are Hans von Seeckt, Muhammad bin Qasim, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Maurice Gamelin, Werner Mölders, and Pedro de Alvarado.

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Among people born in 1886, Erich Hoepner ranks 23Before him are Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl von Frisch, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Gotthard Heinrici, George Mallory, and Theodor Morell. After him are Zhu De, Hermann Broch, Athenagoras I of Constantinople, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Edward Rydz-Śmigły, and Jan Masaryk. Among people deceased in 1944, Erich Hoepner ranks 32Before him are Charles Glover Barkla, Nikolai Vatutin, Henning von Tresckow, Erwin von Witzleben, Glenn Miller, and Louis Renault. After him are Kasturba Gandhi, Aristide Maillol, Wang Jingwei, Arthur Eddington, Antanas Smetona, and Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Hoepner ranks 556 out of 6,142Before him are Hermann Staudinger (1881), Ernst Bloch (1885), Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), Karl Ziegler (1898), Kurt Meyer (1910), and Heinrich Brüning (1885). After him are Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1750), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Elisabeth of Wied (1843), and Karl Gebhardt (1897).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Hoepner ranks 58Before him are Otto Carius (1922), Karl-Otto Koch (1897), Otto Günsche (1917), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), and Kurt Meyer (1910). After him are Hans von Seeckt (1866), Werner Mölders (1913), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Erich Priebke (1913), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), and Karl Wolff (1900).