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 410,283 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Maximilian von Spee is the 306th most popular military personnel (up from 376th in 2019), the 80th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 106th in 2019) and the most popular 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 306 out of 1,468Before him are Arthur Nebe, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, John Franklin, Xiahou Dun, and Qutayba ibn Muslim. After him are Wu Sangui, Jiang Wei, Fyodor Tolbukhin, François Joseph Lefebvre, Sergey Sokolov, and Nikolai Yudenich.

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Among people born in 1861, Maximilian von Spee ranks 21Before him are Georgy Lvov, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Aristide Maillol, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, H. H. Holmes, and Pehr Evind Svinhufvud. After him are Antoine Bourdelle, Italo Svevo, José Rizal, Ranavalona III, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, and Anton Arensky. Among people deceased in 1914, Maximilian von Spee ranks 16Before him are Carol I of Romania, August Weismann, Jean Jaurès, Georg Trakl, Ismail Gaspirali, and August Macke. After him are Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Eduard Suess, Ambrose Bierce, Alphonse Bertillon, Alexander Samsonov, and Georges Picquart.

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Among people born in Denmark, Maximilian von Spee ranks 80 out of 893Before him are Sven Hassel (1917), Canute Lavard (1096), Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted (1879), Eric I of Denmark (1055), Christopher II of Denmark (1276), and Rasmus Rask (1787). After him are Eric VI of Denmark (1274), Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark (1771), Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864), Eric IV of Denmark (1216), Michael Laudrup (1964), and Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847).


Among military personnels born in Denmark, Maximilian von Spee ranks 1After him are Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt (1659) and Søren Kam (1921).