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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 1,041,334 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Ludwig Beck is the 116th most popular military personnel (down from 114th in 2019), the 300th most popular biography from Germany (down from 296th 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 116 out of 1,468Before him are Erich von Falkenhayn, Narses, Theodor Eicke, Yi Sun-sin, Stilicho, and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. After him are Nero Claudius Drusus, George S. Patton, Michael Wittmann, Bohemond I of Antioch, Louis-Nicolas Davout, and Walther von Brauchitsch.

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Among people born in 1880, Ludwig Beck ranks 11Before him are Fedor von Bock, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Oswald Spengler, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Robert Musil, and George Marshall. After him are Franz Marc, André Derain, Paul Hausser, Manuel Azaña, Wilhelm List, and Werner von Fritsch. Among people deceased in 1944, Ludwig Beck ranks 18Before him are Günther von Kluge, Reza Shah, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Alexis Carrel, and Marc Bloch. After him are Michael Wittmann, Galeazzo Ciano, Friedrich Olbricht, Chūichi Nagumo, Ernst Thälmann, and Milena Jesenská.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Beck ranks 300 out of 6,142Before him are Athanasius Kircher (1602), Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1175), Albrecht Altdorfer (1480), Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), and Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850). After him are Carl Ritter (1779), Franz Marc (1880), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Ernst Ruska (1906), Michael Wittmann (1914), and Johannes Stark (1874).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Ludwig Beck ranks 27Before him are John of Austria (1547), Hermann Hoth (1885), Heinrich Müller (1900), Klaus Barbie (1913), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742). After him are Michael Wittmann (1914), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), Hermann Fegelein (1906), August von Mackensen (1849), Franz Halder (1884), and Friedrich Olbricht (1888).