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 365,238 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Maximilian von Spee is the 376th most popular military personnel (down from 289th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from Denmark (down from 77th in 2019) and the 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 376 out of 1,466Before him are Ivan Paskevich, Horatius Cocles, Thrasybulus, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, and Omar Pasha. After him are Yonatan Netanyahu, Erich Kempka, Osman Nuri Pasha, Alexander Samsonov, Hermann Balck, and Pierre-Charles Villeneuve.

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Among people born in 1861, Maximilian von Spee ranks 23Before him are Aristide Maillol, H. H. Holmes, José Rizal, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, Antoine Bourdelle, and Pehr Evind Svinhufvud. After him are Anton Arensky, Italo Svevo, William Bateson, Solomon R. Guggenheim, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, and Armando Diaz. Among people deceased in 1914, Maximilian von Spee ranks 22Before him are Georges Picquart, Ismail Gaspirali, Eduard Suess, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Alphonse Bertillon, and Joseph Swan. After him are Alexander Samsonov, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Charles Péguy, Alain-Fournier, Theodor Kittelsen, and Joseph Chamberlain.

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Among people born in Denmark, Maximilian von Spee ranks 106 out of 783Before him are Niels Gade (1817), Prince Valdemar of Denmark (1858), Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864), Princess Ingeborg of Denmark (1878), Eric II of Denmark (1090), and Harald Bohr (1887). After him are Princess Thyra of Denmark (1853), Hastein (810), Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark (1968), Erik Bruhn (1928), Ejnar Hertzsprung (1873), and Prince George of Denmark (1653).


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