Richard O'Connor

1889 - 1981

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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 214,623 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Richard O'Connor is the 1,265th most popular military personnel (down from 995th in 2019), the 405th most popular biography from India (down from 303rd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Indian Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Richard O'Connor ranks 1,265 out of 1,466Before him are Honoré Charles Reille, Robert Gould Shaw, Ziba Ganiyeva, Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset, Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, and Henri Saint Cyr. After him are Henri Dentz, Aleksandr Baryatinsky, Jean-Baptiste Marchand, Thomas Gage, Alfredo Astiz, and Billy Bishop.

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Among people born in 1889, Richard O'Connor ranks 167Before him are Marcel Moyse, Willi Baumeister, Grigory Levenfish, Francis Spellman, Ronald Fairbairn, and Reggie Walker. After him are Heinrich Campendonk, Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, Elmo Lincoln, Recep Peker, Otto Deßloch, and Efrem Zimbalist. Among people deceased in 1981, Richard O'Connor ranks 132Before him are Bruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape, D. R. Bendre, Ludwig Goldbrunner, Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, Rudolf Krčil, and Hoagy Carmichael. After him are Terry Fox, Esteban Canal, Mike Bloomfield, Jack Northrop, Paco Bienzobas, and Philippe Étancelin.

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Among people born in India, Richard O'Connor ranks 405 out of 1,227Before him are Hrithik Roshan (1974), Pingali Venkayya (1876), Vijay (1974), U. R. Ananthamurthy (1932), Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832), and Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay (1898). After him are Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (1894), Mala Sinha (1936), Robert Swinhoe (1836), Anish Kapoor (1954), R. K. Narayan (1906), and Mohammad Hamid Ansari (1937).


Among military personnels born in India, Richard O'Connor ranks 7Before him are Kim Philby (1912), Mad Mike Hoare (1919), Baji Rao I (1700), Rash Behari Bose (1886), Orde Wingate (1903), and Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832). After him are Sam Manekshaw (1914), John Hunt, Baron Hunt (1910), Kenneth Anderson (1891), and Vikram Batra (1974).