Richard O'Connor

1889 - 1981

Richard O'Connor

General Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor, (21 August 1889 – 17 June 1981) was a senior British Army officer who fought in both the First and Second World Wars, and commanded the Western Desert Force in the early years of the Second World War. He was the field commander for Operation Compass, in which his forces destroyed a much larger Italian army – a victory which nearly drove the Axis from Africa, and in turn, led Adolf Hitler to send the Afrika Korps under Erwin Rommel to try to reverse the situation. O'Connor was captured by a German reconnaissance patrol during the night of 7 April 1941 and spent over two years in an Italian prisoner of war camp. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard O'Connor has received more than 154,008 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 992nd most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Richard O'Connor ranks 995 out of 1,194Before him are Quintus Labienus, Charles Robert Jenkins, Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Jānis Balodis, Karl von Einem, and Frank Serpico. After him are Richard Montgomery, Gonzalo Queipo de Llano, Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Ioannis Frangoudis, Karl Koller, and Remus von Woyrsch.

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Among people born in 1889, Richard O'Connor ranks 127Before him are Bernhard Karlgren, Jean-Baptiste Janssens, Walther Gerlach, Antonio Caggiano, Hulusi Behçet, and Zhang Qun. After him are Claude Rains, Alfonso Reyes, Mikha'il Na'ima, Larry Semon, Maria Dąbrowska, and Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro. Among people deceased in 1981, Richard O'Connor ranks 97Before him are Jaap Bakema, Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, Jean Eustache, Edward Lasker, Alexander Kotov, and Eraldo Monzeglio. After him are Jaime Roldós Aguilera, Jerzy Neyman, Michele Andreolo, Julio Libonatti, Harry Harlow, and Josef Silný.

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In India

Among people born in India, Richard O'Connor ranks 306 out of 848Before him are Bhāskara I (600), Sridevi (1963), Harilal Gandhi (1888), Rani Padmini (null), Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855), and Girish Karnad (1938). After him are Lahiri Mahasaya (1828), Udham Singh (1899), Anish Kapoor (1954), Chandra Shekhar (1927), Margaret Murray (1863), and Kumārila Bhaṭṭa (700).


Among military personnels born in India, Richard O'Connor ranks 4Before him are Kim Philby (1912), Tantia Tope (1819), and Orde Wingate (1903). After him are Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832) and Sam Manekshaw (1914).

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