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Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

1870 - 1964

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Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (20 March 1870 – 9 March 1964), popularly known as the Lion of Africa (German: Löwe von Afrika), was a general in the Imperial German Army and the commander of its forces in the German East Africa campaign. For four years, with a force of about 14,000 (3,000 Germans and 11,000 Africans), he held in check a much larger force of 300,000 British, Indian, Belgian, and Portuguese troops. Lettow-Vorbeck was the only German commander to successfully invade a part of the British Empire during the First World War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck has received more than 1,445,345 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck is the 315th most popular military personnel (down from 276th in 2019), the 736th most popular biography from Germany (down from 643rd in 2019) and the 69th most popular German Military Personnel.

Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck was a German general who led the German East African Campaign in World War I.

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Among military personnels, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck ranks 315 out of 1,468Before him are Jiang Wei, Fyodor Tolbukhin, François Joseph Lefebvre, Sergey Sokolov, Nikolai Yudenich, and Andrei Grechko. After him are Jacques MacDonald, Nearchus, Kirill Meretskov, Bahram Chobin, Charles François Dumouriez, and Roger de Flor.

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Among people born in 1870, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck ranks 21Before him are Karl Renner, Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Ivan Bunin, Clara Immerwahr, Gustav Bauer, and Josef Hoffmann. After him are Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma, Maurice Denis, Sigfrid Edström, Georgy Gapon, Pierre Louÿs, and Sophia of Prussia. Among people deceased in 1964, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck ranks 21Before him are Leo Szilard, Gerrit Rietveld, Giorgio Morandi, Palmiro Togliatti, Alexandre Koyré, and Otto Wille Kuusinen. After him are Otto Grotewohl, Emilio Aguinaldo, Ernst Kretschmer, Alexander Archipenko, Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois, and Plaek Phibunsongkhram.

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Among people born in Germany, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck ranks 736 out of 6,142Before him are Karl Harrer (1890), Thomas Anders (1963), Frederick Augustus III of Saxony (1865), Wilhelm Cuno (1876), Gottfried Semper (1803), and Fritz Walter (1920). After him are Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria (1843), Philip William, Elector Palatine (1615), Joachim Sauer (1949), Otto Grotewohl (1894), Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg (1371), and Heinrich Hoffmann (1885).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck ranks 69Before him are Reinhard Gehlen (1902), Karl Wolff (1900), Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Götz von Berlichingen (1480), and Arthur Nebe (1894). After him are Walther Wenck (1900), Hugo Sperrle (1885), Friedrich Dollmann (1882), Hans-Valentin Hube (1890), Eduard Dietl (1890), and Günther Prien (1908).