Gerhard von Scharnhorst

1755 - 1813

Gerhard von Scharnhorst

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 185,080 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 342nd most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 344 out of 1,194Before him are August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Giovanni Giustiniani, Gustav Wagner, Bahram Chobin, and Gao Shun. After him are Baiju, Viktor Lutze, Vasily Sokolovsky, Emilio De Bono, Meng Tian, and Alexandre de Beauharnais.

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Among people born in 1755, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 13Before him are Paul Barras, Alexander Hamilton, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Georges Couthon, Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, and François Joseph Lefebvre. After him are Anthony of Saxony, Giovanni Battista Viotti, Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Natalia Alexeievna, Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow, and Peter I, Grand Duke of Oldenburg. Among people deceased in 1813, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 11Before him are Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Christoph Martin Wieland, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Jean-Andoche Junot, Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, and André Grétry. After him are Tecumseh, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, George Shaw, Giambattista Bodoni, Anders Gustaf Ekeberg, and Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 778 out of 3,763Before him are Walter Scheel (1919), Princess Wilhelmine of Baden (1788), Max Klinger (1857), Albert V, Duke of Bavaria (1528), Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744), and Thomas Anders (1963). After him are Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (1715), Viktor Lutze (1890), Albrecht III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg (1414), Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1729), Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1927), and Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Gerhard von Scharnhorst ranks 68Before him are Götz von Berlichingen (1480), Günther Prien (1908), Eduard Dietl (1890), Walther Wenck (1900), Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (1886), and August Neidhardt von Gneisenau (1760). After him are Viktor Lutze (1890), Hans-Valentin Hube (1890), Erich Kempka (1910), Georg-Hans Reinhardt (1887), Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim (1905), and Günther Lütjens (1889).

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