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 915,904 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Franz Halder is the 151st most popular military personnel (down from 131st in 2019), the 362nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 324th in 2019) and the 33rd 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 151 out of 1,466Before him are Hermann Fegelein, Djemal Pasha, Ernst Busch, Erwin von Witzleben, Helmuth Weidling, and Semyon Budyonny. After him are José de San Martín, Georg von Küchler, Johannes Blaskowitz, Walther von Reichenau, Yi Sun-sin, and Gaius Julius Caesar.

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Among people born in 1884, Franz Halder ranks 13Before him are Hideki Tojo, İsmet İnönü, Anton Drexler, Max Brod, Édouard Daladier, and Peter Debye. After him are Walther von Reichenau, Gaston Bachelard, Theodor Heuss, Auguste Piccard, Hermann Rorschach, and Yevgeny Zamyatin. Among people deceased in 1972, Franz Halder ranks 13Before him are J. Edgar Hoover, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Ezra Pound, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Igor Sikorsky, and Kwame Nkrumah. After him are Paul Hausser, Paul-Henri Spaak, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Erhard Milch, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Dino Buzzati.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Halder ranks 362 out of 5,289Before him are Karen Horney (1885), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Ernst Abbe (1840), Werner Herzog (1942), and Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811). After him are Ernst Ruska (1906), Carl Bosch (1874), Georg von Küchler (1881), Martin Behaim (1459), Louis the Child (893), and Walther von Reichenau (1884).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Franz Halder ranks 33Before him are Ludwig Beck (1880), Heinrich Müller (1900), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Ernst Busch (1885), and Helmuth Weidling (1891). After him are Georg von Küchler (1881), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Paul Hausser (1880), Hans Krebs (1898), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), and August von Mackensen (1849).