Otto Skorzeny

1908 - 1975

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Otto Johann Anton Skorzeny (12 June 1908 – 5 July 1975) was an Austrian-born German SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. During the war, he was involved in a number of operations, including the removal from power of Hungarian Regent Miklós Horthy and the Gran Sasso raid which rescued Benito Mussolini from captivity. Skorzeny led Operation Greif in which German soldiers infiltrated Allied lines wearing their enemies' uniforms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Skorzeny has received more than 4,339,265 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Otto Skorzeny is the 63rd most popular military personnel (down from 55th in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Austria and the most popular Austrian Military Personnel.

Otto Skorzeny was a German SS-Obersturmbannführer and war criminal. He was best known for his involvement in Operation Greif, which was a secret mission to capture the bridges over the Seine River during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Among military personnels, Otto Skorzeny ranks 63 out of 2,058Before him are Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Ernst Röhm, Albrecht von Wallenstein, Miltiades, Seleucus I Nicator, and Alfred Jodl. After him are Ferdinand Foch, Stanislav Petrov, Fedor von Bock, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Germanicus, and Yevgeny Prigozhin.

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Among people born in 1908, Otto Skorzeny ranks 12Before him are Oskar Schindler, Abraham Maslow, Edward Teller, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, and Claude Lévi-Strauss. After him are Lev Landau, Olivier Messiaen, John Bardeen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Geli Raubal, and Simon Wiesenthal. Among people deceased in 1975, Otto Skorzeny ranks 9Before him are Dmitri Shostakovich, Chiang Kai-shek, Ivo Andrić, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Umm Kulthum, and Aristotle Onassis. After him are Haile Selassie, Josephine Baker, Arnold J. Toynbee, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Mikhail Bakhtin.

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Among people born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 51 out of 1,424Before him are Arnold Schoenberg (1874), Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (1415), Christian Doppler (1803), Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1678), Hedy Lamarr (1914), and Otto von Habsburg (1912). After him are Karl Landsteiner (1868), Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903), Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (1802), Ludwig Boltzmann (1844), Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), and Anton Webern (1883).


Among military personnels born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 1After him are Józef Poniatowski (1763), Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643), Franz Stangl (1908), Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (1771), Lothar Rendulic (1887), Alois Brunner (1912), Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852), Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817), Gustav Wagner (1911), and Walter Nowotny (1920).