Otto Carius

1922 - 2015

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Otto Carius (27 May 1922 – 24 January 2015) was a German tank commander in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He fought on the Eastern Front in 1943 and 1944 and on the Western Front in 1945. Carius is considered a "panzer ace", some sources credited him with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, although Carius, in an interview claims he had around 100 kills or less. This was also due to the fact that he did not count kills as a commander, and rather only as a gunner. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Carius has received more than 624,101 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Otto Carius is the 235th most popular military personnel (down from 222nd in 2019), the 566th most popular biography from Germany (down from 508th in 2019) and the 54th most popular German Military Personnel.

Otto Carius is most famous for being a German tank commander during World War II. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

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Among military personnels, Otto Carius ranks 235 out of 2,058Before him are Sun Bin, Wilhelm Mohnke, Hans von Seeckt, Gotthard Heinrici, Tōgō Heihachirō, and Amr ibn al-As. After him are Lysander, Maurice Gamelin, Władysław Sikorski, Albert Pike, Pausanias, and Desmond Doss.

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Among people born in 1922, Otto Carius ranks 34Before him are Miguel Muñoz, Stanley Cohen, Renata Tebaldi, Yang Chen-Ning, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Telly Savalas. After him are Hans Georg Dehmelt, Iannis Xenakis, Nándor Hidegkuti, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Nikolay Basov, and Doris Day. Among people deceased in 2015, Otto Carius ranks 27Before him are Richard von Weizsäcker, Ulrich Beck, Leonard Nimoy, Lemmy, Yitzhak Navon, and Tariq Aziz. After him are Kenan Evren, Irwin Rose, Charles H. Townes, Zito, Eduardo Galeano, and Maya Plisetskaya.

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Among people born in Germany, Otto Carius ranks 566 out of 7,253Before him are Albert, King of Sweden (1340), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Gerd Binnig (1947), Hans von Seeckt (1866), and Lion Feuchtwanger (1884). After him are Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743), Johannes Rau (1931), Franz Boas (1858), Erich Kästner (1899), Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), and Adam Opel (1837).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Otto Carius ranks 54Before him are Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Wilhelm List (1880), Kurt Student (1890), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), and Hans von Seeckt (1866). After him are Karl Wolff (1900), Otto Günsche (1917), Erich Hoepner (1886), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), and Werner Mölders (1913).