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Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock

1911 - 1986

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Fregattenkapitän Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (11 December 1911 – 18 April 1986) was a submarine commander in the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. He commanded four U-boats, including U-96, a Type VIIC U-boat, which gained widespread recognition when one of its patrols was documented and publicized by an accompanying member of a propaganda company Lothar-Günther Buchheim. Lehmann-Willenbrock was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock has received more than 438,514 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock is the 497th most popular military personnel (down from 481st in 2019), the 1,221st most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,172nd in 2019) and the 100th most popular German Military Personnel.

Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock is most famous for being the first person to successfully cross the Arctic Ocean in a submarine.

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Among military personnels, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock ranks 497 out of 1,468Before him are Lazare Hoche, Pierre Cambronne, William Bligh, Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., Jan Pieterszoon Coen, and Duško Popov. After him are Tamon Yamaguchi, Harold Lowe, Husein Gradaščević, Ion Mihai Pacepa, Yu Jin, and Max Hoffmann.

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Among people born in 1911, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock ranks 64Before him are Gustav Wagner, Akira Yoshizawa, Feodor Lynen, Karel Čurda, Bernard Herrmann, and Dieter Wisliceny. After him are Eduardo Frei Montalva, Stanisława Walasiewicz, George Stigler, Lee Yoo-hyung, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, and Mahalia Jackson. Among people deceased in 1986, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock ranks 49Before him are Erik Bruhn, Adolfo Celi, Serge Lifar, Raymond Loewy, Ye Jianying, and Coluche. After him are J. Allen Hynek, Theodor Busse, Nikolay Semyonov, Ray Milland, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Sterling Hayden.

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Among people born in Germany, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock ranks 1,221 out of 6,142Before him are Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876), Carl Clauberg (1898), Méret Oppenheim (1913), Veit Stoss (1450), Severinus of Noricum (410), and Leo Strauss (1899). After him are Douglas Sirk (1897), Fabian von Schlabrendorff (1907), Otto II, Duke of Bavaria (1206), Dieter Rams (1932), Manuel Neuer (1986), and Erich Heckel (1883).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock ranks 100Before him are Levin August von Bennigsen (1745), Christian Wirth (1885), Günther Korten (1898), Ernst Lindemann (1894), Hans Baur (1897), and Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim (1594). After him are Max Hoffmann (1869), Theodor Busse (1897), Anton Dostler (1891), Franz von Hipper (1863), Alexander von Kluck (1846), and Herta Bothe (1921).