Mikhail Tukhachevsky

1893 - 1937

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Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky (Russian: Михаил Николаевич Тухачевский, IPA: [tʊxɐˈtɕefskʲɪj]; 16 February [O.S. 4 February] 1893 – 12 June 1937) nicknamed Red Napoleon by foreign newspapers, was a leading Soviet military leader and theoretician from 1918 to 1937. From 1920 to 1921 he commanded the Soviet Western Front in the Polish–Soviet War. Soviet forces under his command successfully repelled the Polish forces from Western Ukraine, driving them back to Poland, but the Red Army was defeated outside of Warsaw, and the war ended in Soviet defeat. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Tukhachevsky has received more than 784,463 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Mikhail Tukhachevsky is the 77th most popular military personnel (up from 100th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Russia (up from 111th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Russian Military Personnel.

Mikhail Tukhachevsky is most famous for being the leader of the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. He was arrested in 1937 and executed in 1938.

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Among military personnels, Mikhail Tukhachevsky ranks 77 out of 1,466Before him are Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Wilhelm Canaris, Andrea Doria, Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Võ Nguyên Giáp, and Hans-Ulrich Rudel. After him are Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Michel Ney, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Erich Hartmann, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and George S. Patton.

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Among people born in 1893, Mikhail Tukhachevsky ranks 8Before him are Hermann Göring, Joan Miró, Ip Man, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, and Vladimir Mayakovsky. After him are Walter Ulbricht, Carol II of Romania, Alexander of Greece, Draža Mihailović, Karl Mannheim, and Soong Ching-ling. Among people deceased in 1937, Mikhail Tukhachevsky ranks 14Before him are H. P. Lovecraft, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Amelia Earhart, Erich Ludendorff, George Gershwin, and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. After him are J. M. Barrie, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Gerda Taro, J. Bruce Ismay, Gustaf Dalén, and Austen Chamberlain.

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Among people born in Russia, Mikhail Tukhachevsky ranks 82 out of 2,688Before him are Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Alexander Scriabin (1871), Ivan Konev (1897), Stanislav Petrov (1939), Michael of Russia (1596), and Wilhelm Wien (1864). After him are Mikhail Glinka (1804), Alexandra Kollontai (1872), Yaroslav the Wise (978), Mikhail Kalinin (1875), Grigory Potemkin (1739), and Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Mikhail Tukhachevsky ranks 5Before him are Vasily Zaitsev (1915), Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Ivan Konev (1897), and Stanislav Petrov (1939). After him are Alexander Suvorov (1730), Vasily Chuikov (1900), Aleksandr Vasilevsky (1895), Semyon Budyonny (1883), Johannes Blaskowitz (1883), Andrey Vlasov (1901), and Felix Steiner (1896).