Gerhard von Scharnhorst

1755 - 1813

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Gerhard Johann David von Scharnhorst (12 November 1755 – 28 June 1813) was a Hanoverian-born general in Prussian service from 1801. As the first Chief of the Prussian General Staff, he was noted for his military theories, his reforms of the Prussian army, and his leadership during the Napoleonic Wars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerhard von Scharnhorst has received more than 263,449 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Gerhard von Scharnhorst is the 381st most popular military personnel (down from 359th in 2019), the 897th most popular biography from Germany (down from 858th in 2019) and the 83rd most popular Military Personnel.

Gerhard von Scharnhorst was a Prussian general who helped to modernize the Prussian army. He is most famous for his military reforms that helped to defeat Napoleon's army in 1806.

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Among military personnels, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 381 out of 1,468Before him are La Hire, Xiahou Yuan, Omar Pasha, Georges Picquart, Günther Rall, and Prokop the Great. After him are Leonid Govorov, Reinhard Scheer, Nicolas Chauvin, Ban Chao, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, and Vasily Sokolovsky.

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Among people born in 1755, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 14Before him are James Parkinson, Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, François Joseph Lefebvre, Georges Couthon, and Anthony of Saxony. After him are Giovanni Battista Viotti, Natalia Alexeievna, Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Peter I, Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, and Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow. Among people deceased in 1813, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 10Before him are Empress Go-Sakuramachi, Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Jean-Andoche Junot, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, and Christoph Martin Wieland. After him are Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, André Grétry, Tecumseh, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Giambattista Bodoni, and Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia.

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Among people born in Germany, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 897 out of 6,142Before him are Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1927), Frei Otto (1925), Gottlob Berger (1896), Engelbert Humperdinck (1854), Günther Rall (1918), and Gershom Scholem (1897). After him are Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1671), Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (1946), Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt (1635), Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1370), Reinhard Scheer (1863), and John George, Elector of Brandenburg (1525).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 83Before him are Georg von Frundsberg (1473), Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim (1905), Viktor Lutze (1890), Erich Kempka (1910), Georg-Hans Reinhardt (1887), and Günther Rall (1918). After him are Reinhard Scheer (1863), Herbert Gille (1897), Johannes Frießner (1892), Heinrich von Vietinghoff (1887), Günther Lütjens (1889), and Alfred von Waldersee (1832).