Otto Skorzeny

1908 - 1975

Otto Skorzeny

Otto Skorzeny (12 June 1908 – 5 July 1975) was an Austrian-born SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. During the war, he was involved in several 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. He was charged for that 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 1,986,528 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 51st most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Otto Skorzeny ranks 51 out of 1,194Before him are Belisarius, Isoroku Yamamoto, Germanicus, Erich Ludendorff, T. E. Lawrence, and Albrecht von Wallenstein. After him are Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Fedor von Bock, Erich Raeder, Miltiades, Alfred Dreyfus, and Lü Bu.

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

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Among people born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 52 out of 799Before him are Albert II of Germany (1397), Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608), Lise Meitner (1878), Wolfgang Pauli (1900), Maximilian I of Mexico (1832), and Emil Cioran (1911). After him are Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903), Christian Doppler (1803), Otto von Habsburg (1912), Alois Hitler (1837), Martin Buber (1878), and Béla IV of Hungary (1206).


Among military personnels born in Austria, Otto Skorzeny ranks 1After him are Józef Poniatowski (1763), Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643), Franz Stangl (1908), Alois Brunner (1912), Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Lothar Rendulic (1887), Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817), Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (1771), Gustav Wagner (1911), Leopold Joseph von Daun (1705), and Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852).

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