Franz Halder

1884 - 1972

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Franz Halder (30 June 1884 – 2 April 1972) was a German general and the chief of staff of the Army High Command (OKH) in Nazi Germany from 1938 until September 1942. During World War II, he directed the planning and implementation of Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. Halder became instrumental in the radicalisation of warfare on the Eastern Front. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Halder has received more than 1,346,957 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Franz Halder is the 135th most popular military personnel (up from 148th in 2019), the 321st most popular biography from Germany (up from 355th in 2019) and the 29th most popular German Military Personnel.

Franz Halder is most famous for being the chief of the German General Staff during World War II.

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Among military personnels, Franz Halder ranks 135 out of 2,058Before him are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Bohemond I of Antioch, Alexandre de Beauharnais, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Dong Zhuo, and Narses. After him are Eli Cohen, Ferdinand Schörner, Robert Peary, August von Mackensen, Chester W. Nimitz, and Ubba.

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Among people born in 1884, Franz Halder ranks 14Before him are Bronisław Malinowski, Casimir Funk, Édouard Daladier, Anton Drexler, Max Brod, and Theodor Heuss. After him are Peter Debye, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Friedrich Bergius, Gaston Bachelard, Hermann Rorschach, and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. Among people deceased in 1972, Franz Halder ranks 14Before him are Maria Goeppert Mayer, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Igor Sikorsky, Ezra Pound, and Kwame Nkrumah. After him are Cristóbal Balenciaga, Katherine Oppenheimer, Talal of Jordan, Paul Hausser, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Erhard Milch.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Halder ranks 321 out of 7,253Before him are Georgy Lvov (1861), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), Johann Friedrich Struensee (1737), Joseph Beuys (1921), Ilse Koch (1906), and Gustav Stresemann (1878). After him are Frederick I of Sweden (1676), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Michael Haneke (1942), and Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Franz Halder ranks 29Before him are John of Austria (1547), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Klaus Barbie (1913), Hermann Hoth (1885), Michael Wittmann (1914), and Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881). After him are Ferdinand Schörner (1892), August von Mackensen (1849), Ludwig Beck (1880), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), Hermann Fegelein (1906), and Joachim Peiper (1915).