Reinhard Gehlen

1902 - 1979

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Reinhard Gehlen (3 April 1902 – 8 June 1979) was a German career intelligence officer who served the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, the U.S. intelligence community, and the NATO-affiliated Federal Republic of Germany during the Cold War. Born into a Lutheran family at Erfurt, Gehlen joined the Reichswehr, the truncated Army of the Weimar Republic, and remained a career military intelligence officer after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. Gehlen was chief of the Wehrmacht Fremde Heere Ost (FHO), an anti-Soviet military intelligence service, during World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Reinhard Gehlen has received more than 1,001,094 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Reinhard Gehlen is the 326th most popular military personnel (down from 277th in 2019), the 754th most popular biography from Germany (down from 629th in 2019) and the 68th most popular German Military Personnel.

Reinhard Gehlen was a German general and intelligence officer who, before and during World War II, played a key role in the creation of the Gehlen Organization, the most significant intelligence organization on the Eastern Front.

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Among military personnels, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 326 out of 2,058Before him are Thrasybulus, Abdallah ibn Sa'd, Erich Priebke, Arthur Nebe, Nearchus, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. After him are Prokop the Great, Shunroku Hata, François Christophe de Kellermann, Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, Yermak Timofeyevich, and Kul Tigin.

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Among people born in 1902, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 38Before him are Juscelino Kubitschek, Marcel Breuer, Harold Lasswell, Émile Benveniste, Alexander Luria, and Theodore Schultz. After him are Günther Anders, Prince George, Duke of Kent, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Alexandre Kojève, Felix Wankel, and Max Ophüls. Among people deceased in 1979, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 29Before him are Sid Vicious, Werner Forssmann, Bertil Ohlin, Robert Burns Woodward, Nur Muhammad Taraki, and Agostinho Neto. After him are Wilhelm Bittrich, Rachele Mussolini, Mary Pickford, Otto Robert Frisch, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Ernst Chain.

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Among people born in Germany, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 754 out of 7,253Before him are Arthur Nebe (1894), Christopher Clavius (1538), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929), Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg (1371), Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551), and Wilhelm Hauff (1802). After him are Simon Marius (1573), Marie d'Agoult (1805), Albrecht III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg (1414), Prince Leopold of Bavaria (1846), Hugo Boss (1885), and Fritz Perls (1893).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 68Before him are Karl-Otto Koch (1897), Kurt Meyer (1910), Walther Wenck (1900), Georg von Frundsberg (1473), Erich Priebke (1913), and Arthur Nebe (1894). After him are Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870), Eduard Dietl (1890), Hans-Valentin Hube (1890), Hugo Sperrle (1885), and Günther Prien (1908).