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Otto Kretschmer

1912 - 1998

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Otto Kretschmer (1 May 1912 – 5 August 1998) was a German naval officer and submariner in World War II and the Cold War. From September 1939 until his capture in March 1941 he sank 44 ships, including one warship, a total of 274,333 tons. For this he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, among other awards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Kretschmer has received more than 561,233 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Otto Kretschmer is the 354th most popular military personnel (down from 310th in 2019), the 173rd most popular biography from Poland (down from 154th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Polish Military Personnel.

Otto Kretschmer was a German naval officer who was most famous for his capture of the British submarine HMS Spearfish in 1917.

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Among military personnels, Otto Kretschmer ranks 354 out of 1,468Before him are Francisco de Miranda, Mamai, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Mitsuo Fuchida, Thrasybulus, and Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov. After him are Huang Zhong, Kul Tigin, Georg von Frundsberg, Vasily Arkhipov, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, and Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim.

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Among people born in 1912, Otto Kretschmer ranks 43Before him are Leonid Kantorovich, Juan Pujol García, Karl Malden, Glenn T. Seaborg, Lawrence Durrell, and Sonja Henie. After him are Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Chien-Shiung Wu, Georg Solti, Princess Deokhye, Don Siegel, and Elsa Morante. Among people deceased in 1998, Otto Kretschmer ranks 19Before him are Niklas Luhmann, Vladimir Prelog, Raymond Cattell, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Theodore Schultz, and Frederick Reines. After him are Vasily Arkhipov, Alfred Schnittke, Allan MacLeod Cormack, Falco, Bob Kane, and George H. Hitchings.

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Among people born in Poland, Otto Kretschmer ranks 173 out of 1,454Before him are Cymburgis of Masovia (1394), Albert Sabin (1906), Catherine Opalińska (1680), Henry II the Pious (1196), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), and Bronisław Komorowski (1952). After him are Casimir I the Restorer (1016), Miroslav Klose (1978), Albrecht von Roon (1803), Robert Lewandowski (1988), Itzhak Stern (1901), and Günther Anders (1902).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Otto Kretschmer ranks 17Before him are Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755), Rochus Misch (1917), Otto Liman von Sanders (1855), Władysław Sikorski (1881), and Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (1889). After him are Vasily Sokolovsky (1897), Hermann Balck (1893), Otto von Below (1857), Nikolaus von Falkenhorst (1885), Alexander von Falkenhausen (1878), and Eberhard von Mackensen (1889).