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 by using their opponents' uniforms, equipment, language and customs. As a result, he was later, in 1947, charged at the Dachau Military Tribunal with breaching the 1907 Hague Convention, but was acquitted after a former British SOE agent F. F. E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Skorzeny has received more than 2,859,121 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Otto Skorzeny is the 54th most popular military personnel (down from 51st in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from Austria (down from 52nd in 2019) 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 54 out of 1,466Before him are Belisarius, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Miltiades, Erich Ludendorff, Lü Bu, and Charles XIV John of Sweden. After him are Bernard Montgomery, Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, Albrecht von Wallenstein, Erich Raeder, and Hamilcar Barca.

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Among people born in 1908, Otto Skorzeny ranks 10Before him are Abraham Maslow, Salvador Allende, Enver Hoxha, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Herbert von Karajan. After him are Ian Fleming, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Olivier Messiaen, Bette Davis, and Lev Landau. Among people deceased in 1975, Otto Skorzeny ranks 9Before him are Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aristotle Onassis, Haile Selassie, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Ivo Andrić. After him are Umm Kulthum, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Mikhail Bakhtin, Arnold J. Toynbee, Josephine Baker, and Gustav Ludwig Hertz.

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Among people born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 54 out of 1,075Before him are Maximilian I of Mexico (1832), Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1678), Klara Hitler (1860), Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608), Wolfgang Pauli (1900), and Lise Meitner (1878). After him are Emil Cioran (1911), Ludwig Boltzmann (1844), Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903), Otto von Habsburg (1912), Martin Buber (1878), and Anton Webern (1883).


Among military personnels born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 1After him are Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643), Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Franz Stangl (1908), Józef Poniatowski (1763), Alois Brunner (1912), Lothar Rendulic (1887), Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817), Walter Nowotny (1920), Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852), Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (1771), and Leopold Joseph von Daun (1705).