Robert Nivelle

1856 - 1924

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Robert Georges Nivelle (15 October 1856 – 22 March 1924) was a French artillery general officer who served in the Boxer Rebellion, and the First World War. Nivelle was a very capable commander and organizer of field artillery at the regimental and divisional levels. In May 1916, he succeeded Philippe Pétain as commander of the French Second Army in the Battle of Verdun, leading counter-offensives that rolled back the German forces in late 1916. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Nivelle has received more than 266,365 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Robert Nivelle is the 272nd most popular military personnel (up from 279th in 2019), the 807th most popular biography from France (up from 820th in 2019) and the 29th most popular French Military Personnel.

Nivelle was a French general during World War I. He is most famous for the "Nivelle Offensive" of 1917, which was an unsuccessful attempt to break the German lines on the Western Front.

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Among military personnels, Robert Nivelle ranks 272 out of 1,466Before him are Lothar Rendulic, Federico da Montefeltro, Arthur Nebe, Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, Reinhard Gehlen, and Dmitry Yazov. After him are Maurice Benyovszky, Yūsuf Balasaguni, Ishida Mitsunari, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Bertrand du Guesclin, and Svetozar Boroević.

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Among people born in 1856, Robert Nivelle ranks 16Before him are Robert Peary, Emil Kraepelin, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Georgi Plekhanov, Tongzhi Emperor, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. After him are Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Svetozar Boroević, H. Rider Haggard, L. Frank Baum, Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli, and John Singer Sargent. Among people deceased in 1924, Robert Nivelle ranks 15Before him are Gabriel Fauré, Carl Spitteler, Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Ferruccio Busoni, and George Mallory. After him are Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Ferdinand Cheval, Léon Bakst, Alexander Parvus, Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, and G. Stanley Hall.

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Among people born in France, Robert Nivelle ranks 807 out of 5,234Before him are Jules Dumont d'Urville (1790), Alfred de Vigny (1797), Gabrielle d'Estrées (1573), James Tissot (1836), André the Giant (1946), and Francis Lai (1932). After him are Catherine Labouré (1806), Georges Dumézil (1898), Louis Barthou (1862), Bertrada of Laon (720), Jacques Charles (1763), and Edmond James de Rothschild (1845).


Among military personnels born in France, Robert Nivelle ranks 29Before him are Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847), Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne (1611), Maurice Gamelin (1872), Jean-Baptiste Kléber (1753), Jean Victor Marie Moreau (1763), and Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902). After him are Bertrand du Guesclin (1320), Georges Picquart (1854), Nicolas Oudinot (1767), Pierre Augereau (1757), François Christophe de Kellermann (1735), and Gnaeus Julius Agricola (40).