Karl Dönitz

1891 - 1980

Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz (sometimes spelled Doenitz; German: [ˈdøːnɪts] (listen); 16 September 1891 – 24 December 1980) was a German admiral during the Nazi era who briefly succeeded Adolf Hitler as the German head of state in 1945. As Supreme Commander of the Navy since 1943, he played a major role in the naval history of World War II. He was convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials in 1946.He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before World War I. In 1918, he was commanding UB-68 when she was sunk by British forces. Dönitz was taken prisoner. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Dönitz has received more than 4,437,144 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 41st most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Karl Dönitz ranks 41 out of 1,194Before him are Charles XIV John of Sweden, Flavius Aetius, Ernst Röhm, Alfred Jodl, Arminius, and Tariq ibn Ziyad. After him are Gerd von Rundstedt, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Vasily Zaitsev, Belisarius, Isoroku Yamamoto, and Germanicus.

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Among people born in 1891, Karl Dönitz ranks 4Before him are Erwin Rommel, Antonio Gramsci, and Sergei Prokofiev. After him are Mikhail Bulgakov, Max Ernst, James Chadwick, Walter Model, Henry Miller, Edith Stein, Nelly Sachs, and B. R. Ambedkar. Among people deceased in 1980, Karl Dönitz ranks 10Before him are Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Piaget, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Erich Fromm, Roland Barthes, and Jesse Owens. After him are Steve McQueen, Bon Scott, Henry Miller, Oskar Kokoschka, Colonel Sanders, and Marshall McLuhan.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Dönitz ranks 120 out of 3,763Before him are Ernst Röhm (1887), Erik Erikson (1902), Alfred Jodl (1890), Arminius (-17), Henry the Fowler (876), and Walter Gropius (1883). After him are Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), Alois Alzheimer (1864), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Clara Schumann (1819), Meister Eckhart (1260), and Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Karl Dönitz ranks 10Before him are Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Baron Munchausen (1720), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), and Arminius (-17). After him are Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Erich Raeder (1876), Michel Ney (1769), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Erich Hartmann (1922), and Michael Wittmann (1914).

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