Erich Raeder

1876 - 1960

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Erich Johann Albert Raeder (24 April 1876 – 6 November 1960) was a German admiral who played a major role in the naval history of World War II, and was convicted of war crimes after the war. Raeder attained the highest possible naval rank, that of grand admiral, in 1939, becoming the first person to hold that rank since Henning von Holtzendorff in 1918. Raeder led the Kriegsmarine for the first half of the war; he resigned in January 1943 and was replaced by Karl Dönitz. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Raeder has received more than 1,508,730 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Erich Raeder is the 72nd most popular military personnel (down from 63rd in 2019), the 181st most popular biography from Germany (down from 166th in 2019) and the 15th most popular German Military Personnel.

Erich Raeder was a German admiral who served as the commander-in-chief of the Kriegsmarine from 1928 to 1943. He is most famous for his role in the planning and execution of the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Among military personnels, Erich Raeder ranks 72 out of 2,058Before him are Fedor von Bock, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Germanicus, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and Walter Model. After him are Ahmad Sanjar, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, Alexander Suvorov, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, and Edward Smith.

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Among people born in 1876, Erich Raeder ranks 5Before him are Pope Pius XII, Jack London, Konrad Adenauer, and Mata Hari. After him are Zewditu, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Constantin Brâncuși, Pablo Casals, and Alexander I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1960, Erich Raeder ranks 5Before him are Albert Camus, Boris Pasternak, Max von Laue, and Clark Gable. After him are Paula Hitler, Albert Kesselring, Wilhelm Pieck, Melanie Klein, Walther Funk, Amanullah Khan, and Fausto Coppi.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Raeder ranks 181 out of 7,253Before him are Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714), Alexander Van der Bellen (1944), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Olaf Scholz (1958), Walter Model (1891), and Rudolf Höss (1901). After him are Frederick William II of Prussia (1744), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), Christian I of Denmark (1426), Hans Frank (1900), Baron d'Holbach (1723), and Emmy Noether (1882).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Raeder ranks 15Before him are Michel Ney (1769), Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), and Walter Model (1891). After him are Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Erich Hartmann (1922), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), Albert Kesselring (1885), and Heinrich Müller (1900).