Henri Guisan

1874 - 1960

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Henri Guisan (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ʁi ɡizɑ̃]; 21 October 1874 – 7 April 1960) was a Swiss army officer who held the office of the General of the Swiss Armed Forces during the Second World War. He was the fourth and the most recent man 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 Armed Forces and Swiss people 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 198,367 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Henri Guisan is the 483rd most popular military personnel (up from 551st in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 131st in 2019) and the most popular Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Henri Guisan ranks 483 out of 1,468Before him are Tamara Bunke, Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, Conon, Lauri Törni, Harpagus, and Jean-Charles Pichegru. After him are Ernst Lindemann, Heinz Harmel, Lucius Artorius Castus, Dmitry Pozharsky, Hans Baur, and Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim.

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Among people born in 1874, Henri Guisan ranks 42Before him are Auguste Perret, Joseph Erlanger, Prince Jean, Duke of Guise, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Charles Ives, and Luigi Einaudi. After him are Reynaldo Hahn, Charles Lightoller, D. F. Malan, Emilie Louise Flöge, Vyacheslav Menzhinsky, and Henri Farman. Among people deceased in 1960, Henri Guisan ranks 30Before him are John D. Rockefeller Jr., Walter Baade, Felix Kersten, Ethel Voynich, Friedrich Adler, and Ida Rubinstein. After him are Hugo Alfvén, Victor Klemperer, Mack Sennett, Eddie Cochran, Beno Gutenberg, and Dimitri Mitropoulos.

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Among people born in Switzerland, Henri Guisan ranks 112 out of 876Before him are César Ritz (1850), Albert Anker (1831), Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905), Charles Bonnet (1720), Anna Göldi (1734), and Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1867). After him are Judith of Habsburg (1271), Jacques Dubochet (1942), Gottfried Keller (1819), Paul Guldin (1577), Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702), and Heinrich Bullinger (1504).


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