Erich Ludendorff

1865 - 1937

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Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff (9 April 1865 – 20 December 1937) was a German general, politician and military theorist. He achieved fame during World War I for his central role in the German victories at Liège and Tannenberg in 1914. Following his appointment as First Quartermaster-general (German: Erster Generalquartiermeister) of the Imperial Army's Great General Staff in 1916, he became the chief policymaker in a de facto military dictatorship that dominated Germany for the rest of the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Ludendorff has received more than 2,839,050 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Erich Ludendorff is the 51st most popular military personnel (down from 48th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Poland (down from 20th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Military Personnel.

Erich Ludendorff was a German general during World War I. He was in charge of the German armies on the Western Front. He is most famous for his role in the German defeat in 1918.

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Among military personnels, Erich Ludendorff ranks 51 out of 1,466Before him are Gerd von Rundstedt, Vasily Zaitsev, Germanicus, Belisarius, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, and Miltiades. After him are Lü Bu, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Otto Skorzeny, Bernard Montgomery, Fedor von Bock, and Walter Model.

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Among people born in 1865, Erich Ludendorff ranks 4Before him are Jean Sibelius, Rudyard Kipling, and George V. After him are Pieter Zeeman, Ferdinand I of Romania, W. B. Yeats, Archduke Otto of Austria, Alexander Glazunov, Warren G. Harding, Carl Nielsen, and Paul Dukas. Among people deceased in 1937, Erich Ludendorff ranks 11Before him are Alfred Adler, John D. Rockefeller, Antonio Gramsci, H. P. Lovecraft, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Amelia Earhart. After him are George Gershwin, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, J. M. Barrie, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and Gerda Taro.

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Among people born in Poland, Erich Ludendorff ranks 22 out of 1,231Before him are Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Janusz Korczak (1878), Fritz Haber (1868), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902), and Wernher von Braun (1912). After him are Stanisław Lem (1921), Fedor von Bock (1880), Marie Leszczyńska (1703), Zygmunt Bauman (1925), Maximilian Kolbe (1894), and Günther von Kluge (1882).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Erich Ludendorff ranks 3Before him are Heinz Guderian (1888) and Manfred von Richthofen (1892). After him are Fedor von Bock (1880), Günther von Kluge (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Anton Denikin (1872), and Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899).