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 51 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 1,551,922 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Hans-Ulrich Rudel is the 76th most popular military personnel, the 36th most popular biography from Poland (up from 37th 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 76 out of 1,466Before him are Hattori Hanzō, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Wilhelm Canaris, Andrea Doria, Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and Võ Nguyên Giáp. After him are Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Michel Ney, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Erich Hartmann, and Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

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Among people born in 1916, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 8Before him are François Mitterrand, Olivia de Havilland, Roald Dahl, Gregory Peck, Francis Crick, and Elena Ceaușescu. After him are Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Harold Wilson, Aldo Moro, Hans Eysenck, Claude Shannon, and Ahmed Ben Bella. Among people deceased in 1982, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 11Before him are Ingrid Bergman, Carl Orff, Henry Fonda, Grace Kelly, Anna Freud, and Roman Jakobson. After him are Philip K. Dick, Erving Goffman, Arthur Rubinstein, Vasily Chuikov, Barack Obama Sr., and Khalid of Saudi Arabia.

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Among people born in Poland, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 36 out of 1,231Before him are Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Kurt Lewin (1890), Wisława Szymborska (1923), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Władysław Szpilman (1911), and Max Born (1882). After him are Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Jakob Böhme (1575), Adam Mickiewicz (1798), Rudolf Virchow (1821), Eric of Pomerania (1381), and Rudolf Clausius (1822).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 6Before him are Heinz Guderian (1888), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Erich Ludendorff (1865), Fedor von Bock (1880), and Günther von Kluge (1882). After him are Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Anton Denikin (1872), and Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899).