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 237,439 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Mikhail Kirponos is the 429th most popular military personnel (up from 437th in 2019), the 125th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 127th in 2019) and the 8th most popular 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 429 out of 1,468Before him are August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, Laskarina Bouboulina, Karl Mack von Leiberich, Kawakami Gensai, Yoshiko Kawashima, and Leopold Joseph von Daun. After him are Stonewall Jackson, Petre Dumitrescu, Josef Harpe, John Hanning Speke, Matthäus Hetzenauer, and Osman Nuri Pasha.

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Among people born in 1892, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 56Before him are Mary Pickford, Margaret Rutherford, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, József Mindszenty, Erich Auerbach, and Johannes Frießner. After him are Hjalmar Siilasvuo, Eiji Yoshikawa, Juan Negrín, Edith Södergran, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, and Tamon Yamaguchi. Among people deceased in 1941, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 41Before him are Émile Bernard, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Kurt Koffka, Louis Chevrolet, Dmitry Pavlov, and Günther Lütjens. After him are Pál Teleki, Sisowath Monivong, Ernst Lindemann, Rudolf Hilferding, Ludwig Quidde, and Paul-Jacques Curie.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 125 out of 1,083Before him are Nikolai Ryzhkov (1929), Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842), Catherine Dolgorukov (1847), Dmitry Bortniansky (1751), Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902), and Ivan Sirko (1610). After him are Ivan Kozhedub (1920), Otto Preminger (1905), Anatoly Lunacharsky (1875), Ephraim Katzir (1916), Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900), and Moshé Feldenkrais (1904).


Among military personnels born in Ukraine, Mikhail Kirponos ranks 8Before him are Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916), Nestor Makhno (1888), Andrey Yeryomenko (1892), Ivan Paskevich (1782), Alexander Samsonov (1859), and Roman Shukhevych (1907). After him are Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski (1895), Alfred Redl (1864), Grigory Kulik (1890), Pavel Batitsky (1910), Sergey Gorshkov (1910), and Ivan Chernyakhovsky (1906).