Erich von Falkenhayn

1861 - 1922

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General Erich Georg Sebastian Anton von Falkenhayn (11 September 1861 – 8 April 1922) was the second Chief of the German General Staff of the First World War from September 1914 until 29 August 1916. He was removed on 29 August 1916 after the failure at the Battle of Verdun, the opening of the Battle of the Somme, the Brusilov Offensive and the entry of Romania into the war on the Allied side undid his strategy to end the war before 1917. He was later given important field commands in Romania and Syria. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich von Falkenhayn has received more than 638,466 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Erich von Falkenhayn is the 118th most popular military personnel (up from 132nd in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Poland (up from 74th in 2019) and the 9th 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 118 out of 1,466Before him are Nestor Makhno, Werner von Blomberg, Ludwig Beck, Michiel de Ruyter, Sun Ce, and Gertrude Bell. After him are Saigō Takamori, Heinrich Müller, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Eli Cohen, Dong Zhuo, and Perdiccas.

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Among people born in 1861, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 11Before him are Lou Andreas-Salomé, Georges Méliès, James Naismith, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Victor Horta, and Charles Édouard Guillaume. After him are Alfred North Whitehead, Robert Bosch, Halford Mackinder, Georgy Lvov, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, and Aristide Maillol. Among people deceased in 1922, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 6Before him are Alexander Graham Bell, Marcel Proust, Charles I of Austria, Pope Benedict XV, and Enver Pasha. After him are Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Djemal Pasha, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Fredrik Bajer, and Walther Rathenau.

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Among people born in Poland, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 68 out of 1,231Before him are Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Walther Nernst (1864), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Sigismund I the Old (1467), and Albert A. Michelson (1852). After him are Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), Emanuel Lasker (1868), Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (1895), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Maria Feodorovna (1759), and Benoit Mandelbrot (1924).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 9Before him are Erich Ludendorff (1865), Fedor von Bock (1880), Günther von Kluge (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), and Werner von Blomberg (1878). After him are Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Anton Denikin (1872), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Kurt Student (1890), Otto Liman von Sanders (1855), and Alfred von Tirpitz (1849).