Walter Model

1891 - 1945

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Otto Moritz Walter Model (IPA: [ˈmoːdəl]; 24 January 1891 – 21 April 1945) was a German field marshal during World War II. Although he was a hard-driving, aggressive panzer commander early in the war, Model became best known as a practitioner of defensive warfare. His relative success as commander of the Ninth Army in the battles of 1941–1942 determined his future career path. Model first came to Hitler's attention before World War II, but their relationship did not become especially close until 1942. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Model has received more than 1,506,935 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Walter Model is the 57th most popular military personnel (up from 58th in 2019), the 162nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 5th in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Military Personnel.

Walter's Model is most famous for its five stages of grief, which are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

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Among military personnels, Walter Model ranks 57 out of 1,466Before him are Erich Ludendorff, Lü Bu, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Otto Skorzeny, Bernard Montgomery, and Fedor von Bock. After him are Albrecht von Wallenstein, Erich Raeder, Hamilcar Barca, Mikhail Kutuzov, Günther von Kluge, and Charles X Gustav of Sweden.

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Among people born in 1891, Walter Model ranks 7Before him are Erwin Rommel, Karl Dönitz, Sergei Prokofiev, Antonio Gramsci, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Max Ernst. After him are Edith Stein, James Chadwick, Henry Miller, Pär Lagerkvist, Otto Dix, and B. R. Ambedkar. Among people deceased in 1945, Walter Model ranks 11Before him are Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Eva Braun, Béla Bartók, Martin Bormann, and Fedor von Bock. After him are Anton Webern, Vidkun Quisling, Wilhelm Canaris, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Magda Goebbels, and George S. Patton.

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Among people born in Germany, Walter Model ranks 162 out of 5,289Before him are Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Matthias Grünewald (1480), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Frederick William I of Prussia (1688), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), and Gerhard Schröder (1944). After him are Erich Raeder (1876), Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838), Oswald Spengler (1880), Hans Frank (1900), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), and Otto Hahn (1879).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Walter Model ranks 12Before him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Baron Munchausen (1720), Arminius (-17), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), and Gerd von Rundstedt (1875). After him are Erich Raeder (1876), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Michel Ney (1769), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Erich Hartmann (1922), and Albert Kesselring (1885).