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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. Falkenhayn was 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 868,099 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Erich von Falkenhayn is the 111th most popular military personnel (up from 118th in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Poland (up from 68th in 2019) and the 6th 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 111 out of 1,468Before him are Zhang Fei, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Eli Cohen, Abu Muslim, Cimon, and Semyon Timoshenko. After him are Narses, Theodor Eicke, Yi Sun-sin, Stilicho, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, and Ludwig Beck.

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Among people born in 1861, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 10Before him are Fridtjof Nansen, Georges Méliès, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, James Naismith, and Victor Horta. After him are Charles Édouard Guillaume, Alfred North Whitehead, Robert Bosch, Halford Mackinder, Georgy Lvov, and Frederick Gowland Hopkins. 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, Fredrik Bajer, Djemal Pasha, Ernest Shackleton, Hermann Rorschach, and Albert I, Prince of Monaco.

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Among people born in Poland, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 61 out of 1,454Before him are Eric of Pomerania (1381), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Casimir III the Great (1310), Andrzej Wajda (1926), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Emil von Behring (1854). After him are Jakob Böhme (1575), Albert A. Michelson (1852), Faustina Kowalska (1905), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Sigismund I the Old (1467), and Werner von Blomberg (1878).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Erich von Falkenhayn ranks 6Before him are Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Fedor von Bock (1880), Erich Ludendorff (1865), Günther von Kluge (1882), 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), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), and Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755).