Max Immelmann

1890 - 1916

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Max Immelmann (21 September 1890 – 18 June 1916) PLM was the first German World War I flying ace. He was a pioneer in fighter aviation and is often mistakenly credited with the first aerial victory using a synchronized gun, which was in fact achieved on 1 July 1915 by the German ace Kurt Wintgens. He was the first aviator to win the Pour le Mérite (colloquially known as the "Blue Max" in his honour), being awarded it at the same time as Oswald Boelcke. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Immelmann has received more than 298,854 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Max Immelmann is the 528th most popular military personnel (down from 486th in 2019), the 1,316th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,181st in 2019) and the 111th most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Max Immelmann ranks 528 out of 1,466Before him are Walter Rauff, Nogi Maresuke, Fritz Bayerlein, Ante Gotovina, Jisaburō Ozawa, and Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno. After him are Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Alexander von Kluck, Nicolaus von Below, Lautaro, Ernst Lindemann, and Takeichi Nishi.

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Among people born in 1890, Max Immelmann ranks 57Before him are Alfredo Ottaviani, Georgy Pyatakov, Walter Krüger, Li Zongren, Frank Martin, and Victor Serge. After him are Erich Kleiber, Grigory Kulik, Jaroslav Heyrovský, Prince Joachim of Prussia, Vannevar Bush, and Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov. Among people deceased in 1916, Max Immelmann ranks 40Before him are Vilhelm Hammershøi, Hiram Maxim, Victoriano Huerta, Pierre Duhem, Gérard Encausse, and Julius Fučík. After him are Hugo Münsterberg, Théodule-Armand Ribot, Vasily Surikov, Oswald Boelcke, Antonio Sant'Elia, and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.

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Among people born in Germany, Max Immelmann ranks 1,316 out of 5,289Before him are Frederica Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt (1751), Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria (1447), Hans Scharoun (1893), Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803), Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine (1661), and George, Duke of Saxony (1471). After him are Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg (1732), Sepp Herberger (1897), Johann Eck (1486), Johann Arndt (1555), Elisabeth of the Palatinate (1618), and Gustav Noske (1868).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Max Immelmann ranks 111Before him are Günther Korten (1898), Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (1888), Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim (1594), Hans Speidel (1897), Walter Rauff (1906), and Fritz Bayerlein (1899). After him are Alexander von Kluck (1846), Nicolaus von Below (1907), Ernst Lindemann (1894), Oswald Boelcke (1891), Hans Langsdorff (1894), and Ernst Barkmann (1919).