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Herbert Gille

1897 - 1966

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Herbert Otto Gille (8 March 1897 – 26 December 1966) was a high-ranking German SS officer, and divisional & corps commander of the Waffen SS. He commanded the SS Division Wiking during World War II. Gille was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, making him the most highly decorated Waffen-SS member of the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herbert Gille has received more than 181,467 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Herbert Gille is the 400th most popular military personnel (down from 389th in 2019), the 952nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 918th in 2019) and the 85th most popular German Military Personnel.

Herbert Gille is most famous for his work in the field of paleontology, specifically his work on the evolution of the horse.

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Among military personnels, Herbert Gille ranks 400 out of 1,468Before him are Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, Hermann Balck, Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad, Louis-Gabriel Suchet, Walter Nowotny, and Otto von Below. After him are Zhang He, Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, François Achille Bazaine, Dmitry Pavlov, Viktor Kulikov, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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Among people born in 1897, Herbert Gille ranks 48Before him are Joseph Berchtold, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Gershom Scholem, Leonid Govorov, Vasily Sokolovsky, and Emil Maurice. After him are Dmitry Pavlov, Georg Wittig, Jiroemon Kimura, John Cockcroft, Patrick Blackett, and Virginia Henderson. Among people deceased in 1966, Herbert Gille ranks 31Before him are Paul Reynaud, Guillermo Stábile, Carlo Carrà, Abdul Salam Arif, Rolf Maximilian Sievert, and Chang Myon. After him are Alexander von Falkenhausen, Alfred Naujocks, Elizabeth Arden, Gino Severini, Charlotte Cooper, and D. T. Suzuki.

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Among people born in Germany, Herbert Gille ranks 952 out of 6,142Before him are Karl Rahner (1904), Henry I, Duke of Bavaria (920), Emil Maurice (1897), Klaus Hasselmann (1931), Johannes Althusius (1563), and Robert Michels (1876). After him are Sophie of Württemberg (1818), Karl Abraham (1877), Erich Auerbach (1892), Max Wolf (1863), Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1886), and Johann Christoph Bach (1642).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Herbert Gille ranks 85Before him are Viktor Lutze (1890), Erich Kempka (1910), Georg-Hans Reinhardt (1887), Günther Rall (1918), Gerhard von Scharnhorst (1755), and Reinhard Scheer (1863). After him are Johannes Frießner (1892), Heinrich von Vietinghoff (1887), Günther Lütjens (1889), Alfred von Waldersee (1832), August Neidhardt von Gneisenau (1760), and Karl Mack von Leiberich (1752).