Friedrich Paulus

1890 - 1957

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Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Paulus (23 September 1890 – 1 February 1957) was a German field marshal during World War II who is best known for commanding the 6th Army during the Battle of Stalingrad (August 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 defeat and capture of about 265,000 German personnel, 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 1,910,232 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Friedrich Paulus is the 22nd most popular military personnel (up from 23rd in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from Germany and the 6th 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 22 out of 1,466Before him are Heinz Guderian, Erich von Manstein, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Ptolemy I Soter, and Wilhelm Keitel. After him are Oda Nobunaga, Cesare Borgia, Simo Häyhä, Vercingetorix, Ratko Mladić, and Alfred Dreyfus.

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Among people born in 1890, Friedrich Paulus ranks 6Before him are Agatha Christie, Charles de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Egon Schiele. After him are Boris Pasternak, Vyacheslav Molotov, H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Jodl, Karel Čapek, and Kurt Lewin. Among people deceased in 1957, Friedrich Paulus ranks 3Before him are Jean Sibelius and John von Neumann. After him are Christian Dior, Diego Rivera, Miklós Horthy, Humphrey Bogart, Nikos Kazantzakis, Wilhelm Reich, Oliver Hardy, Constantin Brâncuși, and Haakon VII of Norway.

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Among people born in Germany, Friedrich Paulus ranks 79 out of 5,289Before him are Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Karl Jaspers (1883), Martin Bormann (1900), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), and Jürgen Habermas (1929). After him are Clara Zetkin (1857), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Franz Beckenbauer (1945), Gerd Müller (1945), Albert Speer (1905), and Carl Maria von Weber (1786).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Friedrich Paulus ranks 6Before him are Erwin Rommel (1891), Karl Dönitz (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), and Wilhelm Keitel (1882). After him are Baron Munchausen (1720), Arminius (-17), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Walter Model (1891).