Henri Guisan

1874 - 1960

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Henri Guisan (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ʁi ɡizɑ̃]; 21 October 1874 – 7 April 1960) was a Swiss military officer who held the office of General of the Swiss Armed Forces during the Second World War. He was the fourth and the most recent person to be appointed to the rarely used Swiss rank of general, and was possibly Switzerland's most famous soldier. He is best remembered for effectively mobilizing the Swiss military and population in order to prepare resistance against a possible invasion by Nazi Germany in 1940. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henri Guisan has received more than 248,849 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Henri Guisan is the 411th most popular military personnel (up from 491st in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 112th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Military Personnel.

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Over the past year Henri Guisan has had the most page views in the with 29,724 views, followed by German (27,183), and French (16,438). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Chinese (243.15%), Egyptian Arabic (147.79%), and Lombard (93.93%)


Among military personnels, Henri Guisan ranks 411 out of 2,058Before him are Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, Ernst von Mansfeld, Laskarina Bouboulina, Theodoros Kolokotronis, Pierre Augereau, and Reinhard Scheer. After him are Mitsuru Ushijima, Israel Tal, Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, Nogi Maresuke, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, and John of Austria the Younger.

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Among people born in 1874, Henri Guisan ranks 38Before him are Gustav Holst, Luigi Einaudi, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Josef Suk, Abbas II of Egypt, and Joseph Erlanger. After him are Auguste Perret, Charles Lightoller, Ellery Harding Clark, Reynaldo Hahn, Princess Elisabeth Marie of Bavaria, and Charles Ives. Among people deceased in 1960, Henri Guisan ranks 23Before him are Walter Baade, Victor Sjöström, Héctor Castro, Ana Pauker, J. L. Austin, and Dimitri Mitropoulos. After him are Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, Clara Haskil, Friedrich Adler, Felix Kersten, Ernst von Dohnányi, and Ethel Voynich.

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Among people born in Switzerland, Henri Guisan ranks 103 out of 1,015Before him are Rudolf II, Duke of Austria (1270), Louis, Duke of Savoy (1413), Nicholas of Flüe (1417), Germain Henri Hess (1802), Louis Chevrolet (1878), and Albert Anker (1831). After him are Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821), Gaspard Bauhin (1560), Hannes Meyer (1889), Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi (1773), Ludwig Binswanger (1881), and Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878).


Among military personnels born in Switzerland, Henri Guisan ranks 1After him are François Le Fort (1656), Jean Reynier (1771), Lionel Dunsterville (1865), Franz von Werra (1914), and Henry Wirz (1823).