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Hans von Seeckt

1866 - 1936

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Johannes "Hans" Friedrich Leopold von Seeckt (22 April 1866 – 27 December 1936) was a German military officer who served as Chief of Staff to August von Mackensen and was a central figure in planning the victories Mackensen achieved for Germany in the east during the First World War. During the years of the Weimar Republic he was chief of staff for the Reichswehr from 1919 to 1920 and commander in chief of the German Army from 1920 until he resigned in October 1926. During this period he engaged in the reorganization of the army and laid the foundation for the doctrine, tactics, organization, and training of the German army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans von Seeckt has received more than 506,933 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Hans von Seeckt is the 236th most popular military personnel (down from 227th in 2019), the 560th most popular biography from Germany (down from 535th in 2019) and the 59th most popular German Military Personnel.

Hans von seeckt was a German general and military theorist. He is most famous for his work in rebuilding the German army after World War I, and for his work in developing the blitzkrieg tactic.

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Among military personnels, Hans von Seeckt ranks 236 out of 1,468Before him are Vasily Stalin, Sejanus, Tōgō Heihachirō, Kurt Meyer, Jean-Baptiste Kléber, and Erich Hoepner. After him are Muhammad bin Qasim, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Maurice Gamelin, Werner Mölders, Pedro de Alvarado, and Marcus Claudius Marcellus.

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Among people born in 1866, Hans von Seeckt ranks 13Before him are George Gurdjieff, Alfred Werner, Benedetto Croce, Beatrix Potter, Aby Warburg, and Giovanni Agnelli. After him are Ferruccio Busoni, Aleksandr Ulyanov, Jacinto Benavente, Anne Sullivan, Charles Nicolle, and Ramsay MacDonald. Among people deceased in 1936, Hans von Seeckt ranks 22Before him are Miguel de Unamuno, Fuad I of Egypt, Grazia Deledda, Premchand, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, and Louis Blériot. After him are Ottorino Respighi, Karl Kraus, Buenaventura Durruti, Róbert Bárány, Robert E. Howard, and Andrija Mohorovičić.

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Among people born in Germany, Hans von Seeckt ranks 560 out of 6,142Before him are Kurt Meyer (1910), Heinrich Brüning (1885), Erich Hoepner (1886), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), and Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1750). After him are Elisabeth of Wied (1843), Karl Gebhardt (1897), Rupert, King of Germany (1352), John of Saxony (1801), Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551), and Hans Jonas (1903).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Hans von Seeckt ranks 59Before him are Karl-Otto Koch (1897), Otto Günsche (1917), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Kurt Meyer (1910), and Erich Hoepner (1886). After him are Werner Mölders (1913), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Erich Priebke (1913), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), Karl Wolff (1900), and Wilhelm Bittrich (1894).