Mikhail Kirponos

1892 - 1941

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Mikhail Petrovich Kirponos (Russian: Михаи́л Петро́вич Кирпоно́с, Ukrainian: Михайло Петрович Кирпонос, Mykhailo Petrovych Kyrponos; 12 January 1892 – 20 September 1941) was a Soviet Ukrainian general of the Red Army during World War II. Being accorded the highest military decoration, the Hero of the Soviet Union title, for the skill and courage in commanding a division in the 1939-1940 Finnish campaign, Kirponos is remembered for his leading role in the failed defense of Ukraine during the Battle of Brody, the Battle of Uman, and Kiev in the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Kirponos has received more than 195,679 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Mikhail Kirponos is the 437th most popular military personnel (up from 459th in 2019), the 127th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 147th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Ukrainian Military Personnel.

Mikhail Kirponos was a Soviet field marshal who served in the Red Army during World War II. He was captured by the Germans during the Battle of Kiev and spent the rest of the war in captivity.

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Among military personnels, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 437 out of 1,466Before him are Zinovy Rozhestvensky, Qi Jiguang, Armando Diaz, Usama ibn Zayd, José Sanjurjo, and Uqba ibn Nafi. After him are Karl Mack von Leiberich, Mitsuru Ushijima, Paul von Rennenkampf, Dmitry Pavlov, Bo'orchu, and Eberhard von Mackensen.

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Among people born in 1892, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 55Before him are Alexandre Koyré, József Mindszenty, Bolesław Bierut, Oswald Pohl, Hjalmar Siilasvuo, and Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth. After him are Paul Abraham, Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, J. B. S. Haldane, Tamon Yamaguchi, Richard Neutra, and Tazio Nuvolari. Among people deceased in 1941, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 40Before him are Christian Rakovsky, Gottfried Feder, Sherwood Anderson, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Kurt Koffka, and Louis Chevrolet. After him are Ludwig Quidde, Gaetano Mosca, Dmitry Pavlov, Sisowath Monivong, Pál Teleki, and Edwin S. Porter.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 127 out of 913Before him are Ivan Kozhedub (1920), Georgy Gapon (1870), Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909), Gregory Skovoroda (1722), Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900), and Sofia Rotaru (1947). After him are Vladimir Arnold (1937), P. D. Ouspensky (1878), Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902), Nikolay Nekrasov (1821), Otto Preminger (1905), and Shvarn (1230).


Among military personnels born in Ukraine, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 8Before him are Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916), Nestor Makhno (1888), Andrey Yeryomenko (1892), Mamai (1335), Ivan Paskevich (1782), and Alexander Samsonov (1859). After him are Alfred Redl (1864), Roman Shukhevych (1907), Kirill Moskalenko (1902), Grigory Kulik (1890), Yevgeny Khaldei (1917), and Sergey Gorshkov (1910).