Hans Speidel

1897 - 1984

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Hans Speidel (28 October 1897 – 28 November 1984) was a German general, who was one of the major military leaders of West Germany during the early Cold War. The first full General in West Germany, he was a principal founder of the Bundeswehr and a major figure in German rearmament, integration into NATO and international negotiations on European and Western defence cooperation in the 1950s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Speidel has received more than 510,644 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Hans Speidel is the 518th most popular military personnel (down from 479th in 2019), the 1,289th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,153rd in 2019) and the 108th most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Hans Speidel ranks 518 out of 1,466Before him are Maarten Tromp, Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach, Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, and Jean Maximilien Lamarque. After him are Mikhail Alekseyev, Bob Denard, William Bligh, Walter Rauff, Nogi Maresuke, and Fritz Bayerlein.

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Among people born in 1897, Hans Speidel ranks 63Before him are Ye Jianying, Yeghishe Charents, Sidney Bechet, Winifred Wagner, Philippe Soupault, and Theodor Busse. After him are Vito Genovese, Thornton Wilder, Karl Löwith, Sepp Herberger, Benjamin Lee Whorf, and Jean Epstein. Among people deceased in 1984, Hans Speidel ranks 44Before him are Ansel Adams, Moshé Feldenkrais, Oskar Werner, Brassaï, Janet Gaynor, and Joseph Losey. After him are Walter Rauff, Jackie Coogan, Enrico Berlinguer, Tito Gobbi, Carl Ferdinand Cori, and Kevin A. Lynch.

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Among people born in Germany, Hans Speidel ranks 1,289 out of 5,289Before him are Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Germany (1227), Frederick II, Elector of Brandenburg (1413), Rudolf Brandt (1909), Radegund (518), Hermann Heinrich Gossen (1810), and Franz Ritter von Epp (1868). After him are Michael Wolgemut (1434), Julius Schaub (1898), Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1758), Lucius Antonius Saturninus (20), Franz Karl Achard (1753), and Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1797).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Hans Speidel ranks 108Before him are Max Hoffmann (1869), Theodor Busse (1897), Günther Blumentritt (1892), Günther Korten (1898), Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (1888), and Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim (1594). After him are Walter Rauff (1906), Fritz Bayerlein (1899), Max Immelmann (1890), Alexander von Kluck (1846), Nicolaus von Below (1907), and Ernst Lindemann (1894).