Maxime Weygand

1867 - 1965

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Maxime Weygand (French pronunciation: ​[vɛɡɑ̃]; 21 January 1867 – 28 January 1965) was a French military commander in World War I and World War II. Born in Belgium, Weygand was raised in France and educated at the Saint-Cyr military academy in Paris. After graduating in 1887, he went on to become an instructor at the Cavalry School at Saumur. During World War I, Weygand served as a staff officer to General (later Marshal) Ferdinand Foch. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maxime Weygand has received more than 544,572 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Maxime Weygand is the 231st most popular military personnel (up from 235th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Belgium (up from 78th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Belgian Military Personnel.

Weygand was a French general who was the supreme commander of the Allied forces in France in World War II. He is most famous for his "Rallying the French" speech, which he gave on June 18, 1940, after the Germans invaded France.

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Among military personnels, Maxime Weygand ranks 231 out of 1,466Before him are Pausanias, Franz Stangl, Hans von Seeckt, Han Xin, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, and Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy. After him are Karl-Otto Koch, Wilhelm Mohnke, Eumenes, Werner Mölders, Jiang Wei, and Otto Günsche.

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Among people born in 1867, Maxime Weygand ranks 19Before him are Emily Greene Balch, Käthe Kollwitz, Natsume Sōseki, Prince Maximilian of Baden, Walther Rathenau, and Enrique Granados. After him are Laura Ingalls Wilder, Johannes Fibiger, Margaret Brown, Irving Fisher, Hector Guimard, and Joseph Maria Olbrich. Among people deceased in 1965, Maxime Weygand ranks 19Before him are Moshe Sharett, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Louise Mountbatten, Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium, Hermann Staudinger, and Edward Victor Appleton. After him are Dorothea Lange, Paul Hermann Müller, Helena Rubinstein, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland, and Paul Tillich.

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Among people born in Belgium, Maxime Weygand ranks 73 out of 899Before him are Paul-Henri Spaak (1899), Quentin Matsys (1466), Father Damien (1840), Adolphe Quetelet (1796), Herman Van Rompuy (1947), and François Englert (1932). After him are Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium (1927), Paul Delvaux (1897), Ernest Solvay (1838), Ambiorix (-100), Pieter Claesz (1596), and Jacques Rogge (1942).


Among military personnels born in Belgium, Maxime Weygand ranks 3Before him are Charles Martel (688) and Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (1559). After him are Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz (1787) and Adrian Carton de Wiart (1880).