Maximilian von Spee

1861 - 1914

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Maximilian Johannes Maria Hubert Reichsgraf von Spee (22 June 1861 – 8 December 1914) was a naval officer of the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), who commanded the East Asia Squadron during World War I. Spee entered the navy in 1878 and served in a variety of roles and locations, including on a colonial gunboat in German West Africa in the 1880s, the East Africa Squadron in the late 1890s, and as commander of several warships in the main German fleet in the early 1900s. During his time in Germany in the late 1880s and early 1890s, he married his wife, Margareta, and had three children, his sons Heinrich and Otto and his daughter Huberta. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maximilian von Spee has received more than 515,144 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Maximilian von Spee is the 355th most popular military personnel (down from 314th in 2019), the 98th most popular biography from Denmark (down from 79th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Danish Military Personnel.

Maximilian von Spee was a German naval officer who commanded the German East Asia Squadron. He was most famous for his victory in the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914.

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Among military personnels, Maximilian von Spee ranks 355 out of 2,058Before him are James Paul Moody, Henri Giraud, Hugo Sperrle, Huang Zhong, Francisco de Miranda, and Günther Prien. After him are Ivan Paskevich, Jozef Gabčík, Omar Pasha, Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, Levin August von Bennigsen, and Sergei Skripal.

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Among people born in 1861, Maximilian von Spee ranks 25Before him are Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, H. H. Holmes, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, Antoine Bourdelle, and Italo Svevo. After him are Ranavalona III, Nettie Stevens, István Tisza, Solomon R. Guggenheim, Armando Diaz, and Luigi Facta. Among people deceased in 1914, Maximilian von Spee ranks 20Before him are Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, August Weismann, August Macke, Georges Picquart, Eduard Suess, and Ambrose Bierce. After him are Alexander Samsonov, Alphonse Bertillon, Charles Péguy, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Alain-Fournier, and Empress Shōken.

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Among people born in Denmark, Maximilian von Spee ranks 98 out of 1,032Before him are Tove Ditlevsen (1917), John, King of Denmark (1455), Canute Lavard (1096), Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864), Niels Gade (1817), and Eric III of Denmark (1100). After him are Christian Jürgensen Thomsen (1788), Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark (1753), N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783), Harald Bohr (1887), Princess Thyra of Denmark (1853), and Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847).


Among military personnels born in Denmark, Maximilian von Spee ranks 2Before him are Ubba (1000). After him are Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt (1659), Søren Kam (1921), and Bernhard Rogge (1899).