Friedrich Paulus

1890 - 1957

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Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Paulus (23 September 1890 – 1 February 1957) was a German Generalfeldmarschall (Field marshal) during World War II who is best known for his surrender of the German 6th Army during the Battle of Stalingrad (July 1942 to February 1943). The battle ended in disaster for the Wehrmacht when Soviet forces encircled the Germans within the city, leading to the ultimate death or capture of most of the 265,000-strong 6th Army, their Axis allies, and collaborators. Paulus fought in World War I and saw action in France and the Balkans. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Friedrich Paulus has received more than 3,044,197 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Friedrich Paulus is the 23rd most popular military personnel (up from 30th in 2019), the 76th most popular biography from Germany (up from 92nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Military Personnel.

Friedrich Paulus was a German field marshal who is most famous for being the commander of the 6th Army at Stalingrad.

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Among military personnels, Friedrich Paulus ranks 23 out of 2,058Before him are Charles XIV John of Sweden, Chiang Kai-shek, Themistocles, Manfred von Richthofen, Erich von Manstein, and Cao Cao. After him are Arminius, Heinz Guderian, Cesare Borgia, Jan Žižka, Wilhelm Keitel, and Guan Yu.

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Among people born in 1890, Friedrich Paulus ranks 6Before him are Charles de Gaulle, Agatha Christie, H. P. Lovecraft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ho Chi Minh. After him are Vyacheslav Molotov, Boris Pasternak, Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, Alfred Jodl, and Fritz Lang. Among people deceased in 1957, Friedrich Paulus ranks 2Before him is Haakon VII of Norway. After him are Jean Sibelius, John von Neumann, Miklós Horthy, Diego Rivera, Christian Dior, Nikos Kazantzakis, Humphrey Bogart, Johannes Stark, Wilhelm Reich, and Arturo Toscanini.

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Among people born in Germany, Friedrich Paulus ranks 76 out of 7,253Before him are Albertus Magnus (1206), Clara Schumann (1819), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Erich von Manstein (1887), Wilhelm Wundt (1832), and Richard Strauss (1864). After him are Charles the Bald (823), Martin Bormann (1900), Karl Jaspers (1883), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Charles Bukowski (1920), and Arminius (-17).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Friedrich Paulus ranks 5Before him are Karl Dönitz (1891), Erwin Rommel (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), and Erich von Manstein (1887). After him are Arminius (-17), Heinz Guderian (1888), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Michel Ney (1769), Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Ernst Röhm (1887).