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Reinhard Gehlen

1902 - 1979

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Reinhard Gehlen (3 April 1902 – 8 June 1979) was a German lieutenant-general and intelligence officer. He was chief of the Wehrmacht Foreign Armies East military intelligence service on the eastern front during World War II. During the early Cold War, Gehlen sided with the Western Allies as the spymaster of the CIA-funded anti-Soviet Gehlen Organisation (1946–56) and the founding president of the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) of West Germany (1956–68). Gehlen became a professional soldier in 1920 during the Weimar Republic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Reinhard Gehlen has received more than 873,909 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Reinhard Gehlen is the 271st most popular military personnel (down from 270th in 2019), the 629th most popular biography from Germany (down from 617th in 2019) and the 63rd 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 271 out of 1,468Before him are Maurice Benyovszky, Omar Bradley, Yermak Timofeyevich, Erich Priebke, Oenomaus, and Wang Jian. After him are Gerhard Barkhorn, Alexandre de Beauharnais, Karl Wolff, Boris Shaposhnikov, Vasily Blyukher, and Orda Khan.

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Among people born in 1902, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 32Before him are Arne Jacobsen, Harold Lasswell, Marcel Breuer, Mikhail Suslov, Alva Myrdal, and Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. After him are Alexander Luria, Theodore Schultz, Émile Benveniste, Juscelino Kubitschek, André Michel Lwoff, and Mitsuo Fuchida. Among people deceased in 1979, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 25Before him are Nur Muhammad Taraki, Mustafa Barzani, Nadia Boulanger, Sonia Delaunay, Werner Forssmann, and Sid Vicious. After him are Bertil Ohlin, Wilhelm Bittrich, Rachele Mussolini, Robert Burns Woodward, Ernst Chain, and Agostinho Neto.

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Among people born in Germany, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 629 out of 6,142Before him are Curd Jürgens (1915), Fritz Perls (1893), Erich Priebke (1913), Johannes Rau (1931), August Bebel (1840), and Hans Morgenthau (1904). After him are Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), Walther Rathenau (1867), Maria Josepha of Bavaria (1739), Werner von Haeften (1908), Anna Anderson (1896), and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (1837).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 63Before him are Kurt Meyer (1910), Erich Hoepner (1886), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Werner Mölders (1913), Maurice de Saxe (1696), and Erich Priebke (1913). After him are Karl Wolff (1900), Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Götz von Berlichingen (1480), Arthur Nebe (1894), and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870).