Kurt Student

1890 - 1978

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Kurt Arthur Benno Student (12 May 1890 – 1 July 1978) was a German general in the Luftwaffe during World War II. An early pioneer of airborne forces, Student was in overall command of developing a paratrooper force to be known as the Fallschirmjäger, and as the most senior member of the Fallschirmjäger, commanded it throughout the war. Student led the first major airborne attack in history, the Battle for The Hague, in May 1940. He also commanded the Fallschirmjäger in its last major airborne operation, the invasion of Crete in May 1941. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kurt Student has received more than 780,516 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Kurt Student is the 223rd most popular military personnel (down from 220th in 2019), the 547th most popular biography from Germany (down from 506th in 2019) and the 50th most popular German Military Personnel.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is most famous for his novels, "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle."

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Among military personnels, Kurt Student ranks 223 out of 2,058Before him are Wilhelm Burgdorf, Marcus Claudius Marcellus, Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, Andrey Yeryomenko, Djemal Pasha, and Wilhelm List. After him are Franz Stangl, Alfred von Tirpitz, Gertrude Bell, Walther von Reichenau, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, and Sun Bin.

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Among people born in 1890, Kurt Student ranks 25Before him are Carlos Gardel, Walther Funk, Robert Ley, Fanny Kaplan, El Lissitzky, and Franz Werfel. After him are Michael Collins, Bohuslav Martinů, Maria Goretti, Victor Lustig, Giorgio Morandi, and Hermann Joseph Muller. Among people deceased in 1978, Kurt Student ranks 18Before him are Umberto Nobile, Ramón Mercader, Anastas Mikoyan, Ricardo Zamora, John Cazale, and Harry Martinson. After him are Houari Boumédiène, Margaret Mead, Willy Messerschmitt, Ronnie Peterson, Vincent du Vigneaud, and Mohammed Daoud Khan.

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Among people born in Germany, Kurt Student ranks 547 out of 7,253Before him are Rudi Völler (1960), Philipp Scheidemann (1865), Aby Warburg (1866), Wilhelm List (1880), Wilhelm Marx (1863), and Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870). After him are Willi Stoph (1914), Robert Ritter von Greim (1892), Sophia Dorothea of Hanover (1687), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Kurt Weill (1900), and Hans Jonas (1903).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Kurt Student ranks 50Before him are Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Erhard Milch (1892), Friedrich Olbricht (1888), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), and Wilhelm List (1880). After him are Walther von Reichenau (1884), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Otto Carius (1922), Karl Wolff (1900), and Otto Günsche (1917).