Michael Wittmann

1914 - 1944

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Michael Wittmann (22 April 1914 – 8 August 1944) was a German Waffen-SS tank commander during the Second World War. He is known for his ambush of elements of the British 7th Armoured Division during the Battle of Villers-Bocage on 13 June 1944. While in command of a Tiger I tank, Wittmann destroyed up to 14 tanks, 15 personnel carriers and two anti-tank guns within 15 minutes for the loss of his own tank. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Wittmann has received more than 1,434,912 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Michael Wittmann is the 104th most popular military personnel (down from 85th in 2019), the 278th most popular biography from Germany (down from 218th in 2019) and the 24th most popular German Military Personnel.

Michael Wittmann was a German tank commander during World War II. He is most famous for his actions during the Battle of Villers-Bocage in June 1944, where he single-handedly destroyed a column of Allied vehicles and was killed in the process.

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Among military personnels, Michael Wittmann ranks 104 out of 1,466Before him are Pancho Villa, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Subutai, Zhang Fei, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, and Theodor Eicke. After him are Vasily Chuikov, Klaus Barbie, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Robert Peary, Narses, and Cimon.

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Among people born in 1914, Michael Wittmann ranks 9Before him are Thor Heyerdahl, Tove Jansson, Hedy Lamarr, Marguerite Duras, Tenzing Norgay, and Romain Gary. After him are Jiang Qing, Julio Cortázar, William S. Burroughs, Mohammed Zahir Shah, Alec Guinness, and Octavio Paz. Among people deceased in 1944, Michael Wittmann ranks 15Before him are Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Richard Sorge, Günther von Kluge, Reza Shah, William James Sidis, and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. After him are Ludwig Beck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Alexis Carrel, Marc Bloch, Chūichi Nagumo, and Erwin von Witzleben.

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Among people born in Germany, Michael Wittmann ranks 278 out of 5,289Before him are Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), Max Stirner (1806), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), and Konrad Zuse (1910). After him are Sepp Dietrich (1892), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), Klaus Barbie (1913), Anton Drexler (1884), Karl Weierstrass (1815), and Alexandra Feodorovna (1872).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Michael Wittmann ranks 24Before him are Albert Kesselring (1885), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), John of Austria (1547), Hermann Hoth (1885), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742). After him are Klaus Barbie (1913), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), Ludwig Beck (1880), Heinrich Müller (1900), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), and Hermann Fegelein (1906).