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, spymaster of the CIA-affiliated anticommunist Gehlen Organisation (1946–56) and the founding president of the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) of West Germany (1956–68) during the Cold War. 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 768,410 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Reinhard Gehlen is the 270th most popular military personnel (down from 263rd in 2019), the 617th most popular biography from Germany (down from 593rd 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 270 out of 1,466Before him are Erich Hoepner, Rochus Misch, Lothar Rendulic, Federico da Montefeltro, Arthur Nebe, and Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. After him are Dmitry Yazov, Robert Nivelle, Maurice Benyovszky, Yūsuf Balasaguni, Ishida Mitsunari, and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck.

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Among people born in 1902, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 29Before him are Alfred Kastler, Harold Lasswell, Arne Tiselius, Kurt Alder, Meyer Lansky, and Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. After him are Alexander Luria, Mikhail Suslov, Juscelino Kubitschek, Walter Houser Brattain, André Michel Lwoff, and Felix Wankel. Among people deceased in 1979, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 22Before him are Nelson Rockefeller, Sid Vicious, Agostinho Neto, Ludvík Svoboda, Nur Muhammad Taraki, and Mustafa Barzani. After him are Nadia Boulanger, Ernst Chain, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Francisco Macías Nguema, Rachele Mussolini, and Wilhelm Bittrich.

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Among people born in Germany, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 617 out of 5,289Before him are Philipp Scheidemann (1865), Arthur Nebe (1894), Elizabeth Alexeievna (1779), Albert, King of Sweden (1340), Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1819), and Erich Koch (1896). After him are Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1811), Michael Praetorius (1571), Wilhelm Marx (1863), Artur Axmann (1913), Bertha Benz (1849), and William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1852).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Reinhard Gehlen ranks 63Before him are Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Karl Wolff (1900), Erich Priebke (1913), Erich Hoepner (1886), and Arthur Nebe (1894). After him are Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870), Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Günther Prien (1908), Walther Wenck (1900), and Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (1886).