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. 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. 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 1,113,346 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Erich Raeder is the 59th most popular military personnel (down from 54th in 2019), the 163rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 156th in 2019) and the 13th 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 59 out of 1,466Before him are Charles XIV John of Sweden, Otto Skorzeny, Bernard Montgomery, Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, and Albrecht von Wallenstein. After him are Hamilcar Barca, Mikhail Kutuzov, Günther von Kluge, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Seleucus I Nicator, and Edward Smith.

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Among people born in 1876, Erich Raeder ranks 5Before him are Pope Pius XII, Mata Hari, Jack London, and Konrad Adenauer. After him are Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Constantin Brâncuși, Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Pablo Casals, Zewditu, and Alexander I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1960, Erich Raeder ranks 4Before him are Albert Camus, Boris Pasternak, and Clark Gable. After him are Albert Kesselring, Melanie Klein, Max von Laue, Wilhelm Pieck, Walther Funk, Paula Hitler, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, and Fausto Coppi.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Raeder ranks 163 out of 5,289Before him are Matthias Grünewald (1480), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Frederick William I of Prussia (1688), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Gerhard Schröder (1944), and Walter Model (1891). After him are Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838), Oswald Spengler (1880), Hans Frank (1900), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), Otto Hahn (1879), and Julius Lothar Meyer (1830).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Raeder ranks 13Before him are Baron Munchausen (1720), Arminius (-17), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Walter Model (1891). After him are Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Michel Ney (1769), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Erich Hartmann (1922), Albert Kesselring (1885), and Walther von Brauchitsch (1881).