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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 1,820,093 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Hans-Ulrich Rudel is the 79th most popular military personnel (down from 76th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Poland (down from 36th in 2019) and the 5th 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 79 out of 1,468Before him are Michel Ney, Günther von Kluge, Ivan Konev, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Ahmad Sanjar, and Eugène de Beauharnais. After him are Wilhelm Canaris, Hiroo Onoda, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Andrea Doria, Alexander Suvorov, and Hattori Hanzō.

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Among people born in 1916, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 11Before him are Elena Ceaușescu, Francis Crick, Aldo Moro, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Olivia de Havilland, and Roald Dahl. After him are Claude Shannon, Harold Wilson, Ahmed Ben Bella, Herbert A. Simon, João Havelange, and Ferruccio Lamborghini. Among people deceased in 1982, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 12Before him are Ingrid Bergman, Carl Orff, Arthur Rubinstein, Roman Jakobson, Henry Fonda, and Philip K. Dick. After him are Anna Freud, Erving Goffman, Vasily Chuikov, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jacques Tati, and Glenn Gould.

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Among people born in Poland, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 39 out of 1,454Before him are Irena Sendler (1910), Marie Leszczyńska (1703), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), and Günther von Kluge (1882). After him are Rudolf Virchow (1821), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Lech Kaczyński (1949), and Tamara de Lempicka (1898).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Hans-Ulrich Rudel ranks 5Before him are Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Fedor von Bock (1880), Erich Ludendorff (1865), and Günther von Kluge (1882). After him are Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Anton Denikin (1872), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), and Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755).