Konstantin Rokossovsky

1896 - 1968

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Konstantin Konstantinovich Rokossovsky (Russian: Константин Константинович (Ксаверьевич) Рокоссовский; Polish: Konstanty Rokossowski; 21 December 1896 – 3 August 1968) was a Soviet and Polish officer who became a Marshal of the Soviet Union, a Marshal of Poland, and served as Poland's Defence Minister from 1949 until his removal in 1956 during the Polish October. He became one of the most prominent Red Army commanders of World War II. Not much is known about Rokossovsky's life from his youth to the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, as he was a very private man. Much of what we know from this period is from interviews with his friends and family as well as Rokossovsky's memoirs, which are generally considered reliable but have some discrepancies with documentation. Born in Warsaw (in present-day Poland; then part of the Russian Empire), or, according to other sources, in Velikiye Luki, Rokossovsky served in the Imperial Russian Army during World War I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Konstantin Rokossovsky has received more than 1,567,947 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Konstantin Rokossovsky is the 99th most popular military personnel (down from 96th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Poland (up from 97th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Polish Military Personnel.

Konstantin Rokossovsky is most famous for his role in the Battle of Stalingrad.

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Among military personnels, Konstantin Rokossovsky ranks 99 out of 2,058Before him are Nero Claudius Drusus, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Albert Kesselring, Heinrich Müller, Bernard Montgomery, and Wilhelm Canaris. After him are Saigō Takamori, John of Austria, Miloš Obilić, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, George S. Patton, and Zhang Fei.

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Among people born in 1896, Konstantin Rokossovsky ranks 11Before him are Lev Vygotsky, Imre Nagy, André Breton, Tristan Tzara, Roman Jakobson, and Paula Hitler. After him are Antonin Artaud, Trygve Lie, Klement Gottwald, Gerty Cori, Andrei Zhdanov, and Leslie Groves. Among people deceased in 1968, Konstantin Rokossovsky ranks 10Before him are Martin Luther King Jr., Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn, Padre Pio, John Steinbeck, and Lev Landau. After him are Robert F. Kennedy, Trygve Lie, Max Brod, George Gamow, Karl Barth, and Salvatore Quasimodo.

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Among people born in Poland, Konstantin Rokossovsky ranks 55 out of 1,694Before him are Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), Casimir III the Great (1310), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Donald Tusk (1957), Emil von Behring (1854), and Klaus Kinski (1926). After him are Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Billy Wilder (1906), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), and Bolesław I the Brave (967).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Konstantin Rokossovsky ranks 5Before him are Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Erich Ludendorff (1865), Fedor von Bock (1880), and Günther von Kluge (1882). After him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Anton Denikin (1872), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), and Władysław Sikorski (1881).