Michel Ney

1769 - 1815

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Michel Ney, 1st Prince de la Moskowa, 1st Duke of Elchingen (pronounced [miʃɛl nɛ]; 10 January 1769 – 7 December 1815) was a French military commander and Marshal of the Empire who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. The son of a cooper from Saarlouis, Ney worked as a civil servant until 1787 when he enlisted in a cavalry regiment, right before the outbreak of French Revolution. Distinguishing himself as a cavalry officer in the War of the First Coalition, he quickly rose through the ranks and, by the Battle of Hohenlinden (1800), he had been promoted to divisional general. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michel Ney has received more than 1,931,661 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Michel Ney is the 48th most popular military personnel (up from 75th in 2019), the 129th most popular biography from Germany (up from 198th in 2019) and the 9th most popular German Military Personnel.

Michel Ney was a French military commander during the Napoleonic Wars. He was known for his military prowess and his loyalty to Napoleon.

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Over the past year Michel Ney has had the most page views in the with 351,304 views, followed by French (126,750), and Russian (79,513). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hungarian (96.41%), Ukrainian (80.24%), and Spanish (64.83%)


Among military personnels, Michel Ney ranks 48 out of 2,058Before him are Ratko Mladić, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Tughril, Romulus Augustulus, and Isoroku Yamamoto. After him are Roland, Baron Munchausen, Mikhail Kutuzov, Flavius Aetius, Erich Ludendorff, and Prince Eugene of Savoy.

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Among people born in 1769, Michel Ney ranks 4Before him are Napoleon, Alexander von Humboldt, and Muhammad Ali of Egypt. After him are Georges Cuvier, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Jean Lannes, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ivan Krylov, André-Jacques Garnerin, and Thomas Lawrence. Among people deceased in 1815, Michel Ney ranks 2Before him is Joachim Murat. After him are Sarah Baartman, Robert Fulton, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Franz Mesmer, Jan Potocki, Emma, Lady Hamilton, Carsten Niebuhr, Guillaume Brune, José María Morelos, and 9th Dalai Lama.

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Among people born in Germany, Michel Ney ranks 129 out of 7,253Before him are Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472), Leopold I of Belgium (1790), Michael Schumacher (1969), Lothair I (795), Queen Silvia of Sweden (1943), and Heinrich Böll (1917). After him are Walter Gropius (1883), Erik Erikson (1902), Carl Orff (1895), George I of Great Britain (1660), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), and Baron Munchausen (1720).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Michel Ney ranks 9Before him are Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Arminius (-17), Heinz Guderian (1888), and Wilhelm Keitel (1882). After him are Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), and Erich Raeder (1876).