Hans-Ulrich Rudel

1916 - 1982

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Hans-Ulrich Rudel (2 July 1916 – 18 December 1982) was a German ground-attack pilot during World War II and a post-war neo-Nazi activist. The most decorated German pilot of the war and the only recipient of the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, Rudel was credited with the destruction of 519 tanks, one battleship, one cruiser, 70 landing craft and 150 artillery emplacements. He claimed nine aerial victories and the destruction of more than 800 vehicles. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans-Ulrich Rudel has received more than 2,089,124 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Hans-Ulrich Rudel is the 113th most popular military personnel (down from 81st in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Poland (down from 39th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Polish Military Personnel.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel was a German Luftwaffe military aviator during World War II. He was a highly decorated officer and was the most successful ground-attack pilot in the history of aerial warfare.

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Among military personnels, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 113 out of 2,058Before him are Theodor Eicke, Perdiccas, Robert E. Lee, Klaus Barbie, Pancho Villa, and Stilicho. After him are Axel von Fersen the Younger, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Vasily Chuikov, Cimon, Gaius Julius Caesar, and Erich von Falkenhayn.

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Among people born in 1916, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 11Before him are Elena Ceaușescu, Roald Dahl, Gregory Peck, Francis Crick, Aldo Moro, and Lyudmila Pavlichenko. After him are Gough Whitlam, Claude Shannon, João Havelange, Ahmed Ben Bella, Olivia de Havilland, and Ruth Handler. Among people deceased in 1982, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 13Before him are Henry Fonda, Carl Orff, Roman Jakobson, Arthur Rubinstein, Philip K. Dick, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. After him are Anna Freud, Vasily Chuikov, Erving Goffman, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Louis Aragon, and Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr.

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Among people born in Poland, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 63 out of 1,694Before him are Sigismund I the Old (1467), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Billy Wilder (1906), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928). After him are Albert A. Michelson (1852), Emanuel Lasker (1868), Faustina Kowalska (1905), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), Władysław III of Poland (1424), and Erich von Falkenhayn (1861).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 6Before him are Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Erich Ludendorff (1865), Fedor von Bock (1880), Günther von Kluge (1882), and Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896). After him are Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Anton Denikin (1872), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), and Władysław Sikorski (1881).