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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 death or capture of most of 265,000 6th Army 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 2,632,286 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 59 in 2019). Friedrich Paulus is the 29th most popular military personnel (down from 22nd in 2019), the 92nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 79th in 2019) and the 8th 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 29 out of 1,468Before him are Cao Cao, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Cesare Borgia, Simo Häyhä, Jochi, and Wilhelm Keitel. After him are Tokugawa Ieyasu, Vercingetorix, Douglas MacArthur, Lü Bu, Baron Munchausen, and Guan Yu.

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Among people born in 1890, Friedrich Paulus ranks 7Before him are Agatha Christie, Charles de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vyacheslav Molotov, and Boris Pasternak. After him are H. P. Lovecraft, Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, Alfred Jodl, Kurt Lewin, and Fritz Lang. Among people deceased in 1957, Friedrich Paulus ranks 3Before him are John von Neumann and Jean Sibelius. After him are Christian Dior, Diego Rivera, Miklós Horthy, Humphrey Bogart, Nikos Kazantzakis, Wilhelm Reich, Oliver Hardy, Haakon VII of Norway, and Gichin Funakoshi.

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Among people born in Germany, Friedrich Paulus ranks 92 out of 6,142Before him are Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Albertus Magnus (1206), Albert Speer (1905), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), and Wilhelm Keitel (1882). After him are Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Erik Erikson (1902), William Herschel (1738), Theodor Mommsen (1817), and Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Friedrich Paulus ranks 8Before him are Erwin Rommel (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), Heinz Guderian (1888), Arminius (-17), and Wilhelm Keitel (1882). After him are Baron Munchausen (1720), Ernst Röhm (1887), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), and Erich Raeder (1876).