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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 601,775 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Maxime Weygand is the 204th most popular military personnel (up from 231st in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 73rd 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 204 out of 1,468Before him are Josip Jelačić, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Sun Jian, Zhou Yu, Lavr Kornilov, and Wilhelm Mohnke. After him are Alfred von Tirpitz, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Giovanni Giustiniani, Sun Ce, Date Masamune, and Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus.

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Among people born in 1867, Maxime Weygand ranks 12Before him are Arturo Toscanini, Emily Greene Balch, Mary of Teck, John Galsworthy, Käthe Kollwitz, and Emil Nolde. After him are Natsume Sōseki, Pierre Bonnard, Prince Maximilian of Baden, Percy Fawcett, Enrique Granados, and Johannes Fibiger. Among people deceased in 1965, Maxime Weygand ranks 13Before him are Martin Buber, Stan Laurel, Eli Cohen, W. Somerset Maugham, Louise Mountbatten, and Edward Victor Appleton. After him are Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, T. S. Eliot, Nat King Cole, Hermann Staudinger, and Moshe Sharett.

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Among people born in Belgium, Maxime Weygand ranks 69 out of 1,019Before him are James Ensor (1860), Philippe of Belgium (1960), Johannes Ockeghem (1410), Father Damien (1840), Petrus Christus (1410), and Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (1559). After him are Dominique Pire (1910), Quentin Matsys (1466), Herman Van Rompuy (1947), François Englert (1932), Adolphe Quetelet (1796), and Ambiorix (-100).


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), Adrian Carton de Wiart (1880), Charles Eugène de Croÿ (1651), William FitzOsbern, 1st Earl of Hereford (1020), and Gérard Leman (1851).