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 surrender in March 1941, he sank 44 ships, 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 470,575 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Otto Kretschmer is the 310th most popular military personnel (down from 261st in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from Poland (down from 138th in 2019) and the 19th 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 310 out of 1,466Before him are Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Alexander Löhr, Pedro de Valdivia, John J. Pershing, and Gan Ning. After him are Nikolai Yudenich, Yamagata Aritomo, Erasmo of Narni, Friedrich Dollmann, Cao Ren, and Nearchus.

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Among people born in 1912, Otto Kretschmer ranks 35Before him are Alois Brunner, Maria Mandl, Jozef Gabčík, Pierre Boulle, Leonid Kantorovich, and Konrad Emil Bloch. After him are Glenn T. Seaborg, Patrick White, Otto Ernst Remer, Karl Malden, Edward Mills Purcell, and Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland. Among people deceased in 1998, Otto Kretschmer ranks 18Before him are Octavio Paz, Alan Shepard, Raymond Cattell, Vladimir Prelog, Theodore Schultz, and Konstantinos Karamanlis. After him are Bob Kane, Galina Ulanova, Frederick Reines, Linda McCartney, Alfred Schnittke, and Lúcio Costa.

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Among people born in Poland, Otto Kretschmer ranks 154 out of 1,231Before him are Itzhak Stern (1901), Joseph Rotblat (1908), Marian Rejewski (1905), Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (1889), Konrad Emil Bloch (1912), and Georg Michaelis (1857). After him are Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1915), Nikolaus von Falkenhorst (1885), Carl Friedrich Goerdeler (1884), Jarosław Kaczyński (1949), Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776), and Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Otto Kretschmer ranks 19Before him are Kurt Student (1890), Otto Liman von Sanders (1855), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), Władysław Sikorski (1881), Rochus Misch (1917), and Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (1889). After him are Nikolaus von Falkenhorst (1885), Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755), Vasily Sokolovsky (1897), Hermann Balck (1893), Alexander von Falkenhausen (1878), and Hans-Jürgen Stumpff (1889).