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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 532,717 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Otto Carius is the 216th most popular military personnel (down from 212th in 2019), the 508th most popular biography from Germany (down from 495th in 2019) and the 52nd 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 216 out of 1,468Before him are Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Bertrand du Guesclin, Pedro de Valdivia, Nikolai Vatutin, Kurt Student, and Han Xin. After him are Bai Qi, Kim Philby, Karl-Otto Koch, Pausanias, Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy, and Craterus.

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Among people born in 1922, Otto Carius ranks 26Before him are Imre Lakatos, Aage Bohr, Kurt Vonnegut, Iannis Xenakis, Betty White, and Hans Georg Dehmelt. After him are Vittorio Gassman, Doris Day, Alain Resnais, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Telly Savalas, and Philip Larkin. Among people deceased in 2015, Otto Carius ranks 24Before him are Süleyman Demirel, Kim Young-sam, Josef Masopust, Leonard Nimoy, Ulrich Beck, and Richard von Weizsäcker. After him are Kenan Evren, Maya Plisetskaya, Eduardo Galeano, Val Logsdon Fitch, Douglass North, and Tariq Aziz.

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Among people born in Germany, Otto Carius ranks 508 out of 6,142Before him are Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), August Weismann (1834), Friedrich List (1789), Aby Warburg (1866), Kurt Student (1890), and Erich Kästner (1899). After him are Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Otto Diels (1876), John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1503), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856), and Franz Brentano (1838).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Otto Carius ranks 52Before him are Wilhelm List (1880), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Erhard Milch (1892), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), and Kurt Student (1890). After him are Karl-Otto Koch (1897), Otto Günsche (1917), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Kurt Meyer (1910), and Erich Hoepner (1886).