Erich von Falkenhayn

1861 - 1922

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General Erich Georg Sebastian Anton von Falkenhayn (11 September 1861 – 8 April 1922) was a German general who was the second Chief of the German General Staff of the First World War from September 1914 until 29 August 1916. Falkenhayn replaced General Helmuth von Moltke the Younger after his invasion of France was stopped at the First Battle of the Marne and was in turn removed on 29 August 1916 after the failure of his offensive strategy in the west at the Battle of Verdun, the opening of the Battle of the Somme, the Brusilov Offensive and the Romanian entry into the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich von Falkenhayn has received more than 953,958 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Erich von Falkenhayn is the 119th most popular military personnel (down from 115th in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Poland (down from 61st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Polish Military Personnel.

Erich von Falkenhayn was a German General who was Chief of the General Staff of the German Army from 1914 to 1916. He is most famous for his plan to break the Allied line in the Battle of Verdun.

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Among military personnels, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 119 out of 2,058Before him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Axel von Fersen the Younger, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Vasily Chuikov, Cimon, and Gaius Julius Caesar. After him are Jean Lannes, André Masséna, Hermann Hoth, Michael Wittmann, Hiroo Onoda, and Nestor Makhno.

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Among people born in 1861, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 10Before him are Fridtjof Nansen, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Georges Méliès, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, and Victor Horta. After him are Georgy Lvov, Alfred North Whitehead, Halford Mackinder, James Naismith, Robert Bosch, and José Rizal. Among people deceased in 1922, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 6Before him are Alexander Graham Bell, Marcel Proust, Pope Benedict XV, Charles I of Austria, and Enver Pasha. After him are Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Fredrik Bajer, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Walther Rathenau, and Georges Sorel.

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Among people born in Poland, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 69 out of 1,694Before him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Albert A. Michelson (1852), Emanuel Lasker (1868), Faustina Kowalska (1905), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), and Władysław III of Poland (1424). After him are Walther Nernst (1864), Gustav Fechner (1801), Marie Walewska (1786), Anna Jagiellon (1523), Jakob Böhme (1575), and Ladislaus I of Hungary (1046).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 7Before him are Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Erich Ludendorff (1865), Fedor von Bock (1880), Günther von Kluge (1882), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), and Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916). After him are Werner von Blomberg (1878), Anton Denikin (1872), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), Władysław Sikorski (1881), and Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755).