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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 opponents' uniforms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Skorzeny has received more than 3,540,138 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Otto Skorzeny is the 53rd most popular military personnel (up from 54th in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Austria (up from 54th 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 53 out of 1,468Before him are Vasily Zaitsev, Isoroku Yamamoto, Miltiades, T. E. Lawrence, Alfred Jodl, and Belisarius. After him are Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, Germanicus, Erich Ludendorff, and Albrecht von Wallenstein.

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

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Among people born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 51 out of 1,237Before him are Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (1415), Lise Meitner (1878), Otto von Habsburg (1912), Klara Hitler (1860), Alois Hitler (1837), and Hedy Lamarr (1914). After him are Kurt Gödel (1906), Wolfgang Pauli (1900), Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (1802), Ludwig Boltzmann (1844), Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903), and Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527).