Ludwig Beck

1880 - 1944

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Ludwig August Theodor Beck (German: [ˈluːt.vɪç bɛk] ; 29 June 1880 – 20 July 1944) was a German general and Chief of the German General Staff during the early years of the Nazi regime in Germany before World War II. Although Beck never became a member of the Nazi Party, in the early 1930s he supported Adolf Hitler's forceful denunciation of the Treaty of Versailles and the need to re-arm, although he believed Germany needed more time to rearm before starting a war. In serving as Chief of Staff of the German Army between 1935 and 1938, Beck became increasingly disillusioned and stood in opposition to the rising totalitarianism of the Nazi regime and to Hitler's aggressive foreign policy. Public foreign-policy disagreements with Hitler made Beck resign as Chief of Staff in August 1938. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Beck has received more than 1,245,427 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Ludwig Beck is the 149th most popular military personnel (down from 121st in 2019), the 363rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 300th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular German Military Personnel.

Ludwig Beck was a German general who was head of the army and chief of the general staff. He was one of the conspirators in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944.

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Among military personnels, Ludwig Beck ranks 149 out of 2,058Before him are Zhou Yu, Pyotr Bagration, José de San Martín, Draža Mihailović, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, and Aleksandr Vasilevsky. After him are Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse, Chūichi Nagumo, Antipater, Paul Tibbets, Pittacus of Mytilene, and Józef Poniatowski.

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Among people born in 1880, Ludwig Beck ranks 13Before him are Oswald Spengler, Robert Musil, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Marshall, Franz Marc, and André Derain. After him are Manuel Azaña, Paul Hausser, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Werner von Fritsch, Premchand, and Wilhelm List. Among people deceased in 1944, Ludwig Beck ranks 20Before him are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Charles Glover Barkla, Michael Wittmann, Alexis Carrel, Marc Bloch, and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. After him are Ernst Thälmann, Chūichi Nagumo, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hilma af Klint, Milena Jesenská, and Galeazzo Ciano.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Beck ranks 363 out of 7,253Before him are Christian V of Denmark (1646), Paul Hindemith (1895), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Heinrich Schütz (1585), Heinrich Mann (1871), and Konrad Zuse (1910). After him are Ernst Thälmann (1886), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Joachim Gauck (1940), Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791), and Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Ludwig Beck ranks 32Before him are Hermann Hoth (1885), Michael Wittmann (1914), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), Franz Halder (1884), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), and August von Mackensen (1849). After him are Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Joachim Peiper (1915), Paul Hausser (1880), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), and Helmuth Weidling (1891).