Walther von Reichenau

1884 - 1942

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Walter Karl Ernst August von Reichenau (8 October 1884 – 17 January 1942) was a German Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal) in the Heer (Army) of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was nicknamed "The Bull." Reichenau commanded the 6th Army, during the invasions of Belgium and France. During Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, he continued to command the 6th Army as part of Army Group South as it captured Ukraine and advanced deep into USSR. While in command of the 6th Army during Operation Barbarossa in 1941, he issued the notorious Severity Order which encouraged German soldiers to murder Jewish civilians on the Eastern Front. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walther von Reichenau has received more than 596,179 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Walther von Reichenau is the 227th most popular military personnel (down from 186th in 2019), the 558th most popular biography from Germany (down from 441st in 2019) and the 51st most popular German Military Personnel.

Walther von Reichenau was a German general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a highly decorated officer in World War I and World War II, rising to the rank of Field Marshal. He was in command of the Sixth Army during Operation Barbarossa.

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Over the past year Walther von Reichenau has had the most page views in the with 62,411 views, followed by English (40,180), and Russian (40,069). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Persian (81.23%), Indonesian (63.11%), and Basque (54.57%)


Among military personnels, Walther von Reichenau ranks 227 out of 2,058Before him are Djemal Pasha, Wilhelm List, Kurt Student, Franz Stangl, Alfred von Tirpitz, and Gertrude Bell. After him are Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Sun Bin, Wilhelm Mohnke, Hans von Seeckt, Gotthard Heinrici, and Tōgō Heihachirō.

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Among people born in 1884, Walther von Reichenau ranks 26Before him are Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Theodor Svedberg, Auguste Piccard, and Vincent Auriol. After him are Lion Feuchtwanger, Emil Jannings, Rajendra Prasad, Edward Sapir, Rudolf Bultmann, and Leo Frank. Among people deceased in 1942, Walther von Reichenau ranks 17Before him are William G. Morgan, Richard Willstätter, William Henry Bragg, Robert Bosch, Fritz Todt, and Bruno Schulz. After him are Franz Boas, François Darlan, Irène Némirovsky, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Sabina Spielrein, and Yanka Kupala.

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Among people born in Germany, Walther von Reichenau ranks 558 out of 7,253Before him are Kurt Weill (1900), Hans Jonas (1903), Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Caroline of Baden (1776), August Schleicher (1821), and Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1873). After him are Albert the Bear (1100), Albert, King of Sweden (1340), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Gerd Binnig (1947), and Hans von Seeckt (1866).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Walther von Reichenau ranks 51Before him are Henning von Tresckow (1901), Erhard Milch (1892), Friedrich Olbricht (1888), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Wilhelm List (1880), and Kurt Student (1890). After him are Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Otto Carius (1922), Karl Wolff (1900), Otto Günsche (1917), and Erich Hoepner (1886).