Herbert Gille

1897 - 1966

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Herbert Otto Gille (8 March 1897 – 26 December 1966) was a high-ranking German SS commander of the Nazi era. 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 127,128 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Herbert Gille is the 389th most popular military personnel (up from 429th in 2019), the 918th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,002nd 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 389 out of 1,466Before him are August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, Reinhard Scheer, Georg von Frundsberg, Zhang He, Leopold Joseph von Daun, and Harold Lowe. After him are George Maniakes, Ban Chao, Richard Winters, Christian Wirth, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, and Thomas the Slav.

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Among people born in 1897, Herbert Gille ranks 42Before him are Kirill Meretskov, Vasily Sokolovsky, Gershom Scholem, Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, John Cockcroft, and Vlado Chernozemski. After him are John Franklin Enders, Joseph Berchtold, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Patrick Blackett. Among people deceased in 1966, Herbert Gille ranks 27Before him are Célestin Freinet, Guillermo Stábile, Vincent Auriol, Paul Reynaud, Albert Göring, and Rolf Maximilian Sievert. After him are Chang Myon, Carlo Carrà, Alexander von Falkenhausen, D. T. Suzuki, Gino Severini, and Cléo de Mérode.

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Among people born in Germany, Herbert Gille ranks 918 out of 5,289Before him are Gerd Binnig (1947), Max Delbrück (1906), Albert of Saxony (1828), Joachim Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg (1546), Konrad Witz (1400), and Alfred Brehm (1829). After him are Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine (1823), Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1628), Leo von Klenze (1784), Wolfgang Overath (1943), Gottfried Feder (1883), and Christian Thomasius (1655).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Herbert Gille ranks 85Before him are Gerhard von Scharnhorst (1755), Günther Rall (1918), Erich Kempka (1910), August Neidhardt von Gneisenau (1760), Reinhard Scheer (1863), and Georg von Frundsberg (1473). After him are Christian Wirth (1885), Josef Harpe (1887), Georg-Hans Reinhardt (1887), Levin August von Bennigsen (1745), Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim (1905), and Karl Mack von Leiberich (1752).