Ludwig Beck

1880 - 1944

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Ludwig August Theodor Beck (German: [ˈluːt.vɪç bɛk] (listen); 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 Versailles Treaty and belief in the need for Germany to rearm. Beck had grave misgivings regarding the Nazi demand for all German officers to swear an oath of fealty to the person of Hitler in 1934, but Beck believed that Germany needed strong government, which Hitler could successfully provide if the Führer was influenced by traditional elements within the army, rather than by the SA and SS. In serving as Chief of Staff of the German Army between 1935 and 1938, Beck became increasingly disillusioned and stood in opposition to the increasing 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 952,801 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Ludwig Beck is the 114th most popular military personnel (up from 116th in 2019), the 296th most popular biography from Germany (down from 288th in 2019) and the 27th 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 114 out of 1,466Before him are Robert Peary, Narses, Cimon, Abu Muslim, Nestor Makhno, and Werner von Blomberg. After him are Michiel de Ruyter, Sun Ce, Gertrude Bell, Erich von Falkenhayn, Saigō Takamori, and Heinrich Müller.

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Among people born in 1880, Ludwig Beck ranks 12Before him are Oswald Spengler, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Robert Musil, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Marshall, and Franz Marc. After him are André Derain, Paul Hausser, Wilhelm List, Manuel Azaña, Werner von Fritsch, and Otto Weininger. Among people deceased in 1944, Ludwig Beck ranks 16Before him are Richard Sorge, Günther von Kluge, Reza Shah, William James Sidis, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and Michael Wittmann. After him are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Alexis Carrel, Marc Bloch, Chūichi Nagumo, Erwin von Witzleben, and Galeazzo Ciano.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Beck ranks 296 out of 5,289Before him are Emil Nolde (1867), Alexander Van der Bellen (1944), Albrecht Altdorfer (1480), Otto Dix (1891), Martin Niemöller (1892), and Joachim Gauck (1940). After him are Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Paul Heyse (1830), Paul Hindemith (1895), Adolf von Baeyer (1835), Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744), and Einhard (770).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Ludwig Beck ranks 27Before him are Hermann Hoth (1885), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), Michael Wittmann (1914), Klaus Barbie (1913), and Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881). After him are Heinrich Müller (1900), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Ernst Busch (1885), Helmuth Weidling (1891), and Franz Halder (1884).