Walther von Reichenau

1884 - 1942

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Walter Karl Ernst August von Reichenau (8 October 1884 – 17 January 1942) was a field marshal in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. 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 Russia. 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 530,180 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Walther von Reichenau is the 180th most popular military personnel (down from 155th in 2019), the 441st most popular biography from Germany (down from 368th in 2019) and the 45th most popular 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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Among military personnels, Walther von Reichenau ranks 180 out of 1,468Before him are Johannes Blaskowitz, Djemal Pasha, Matilda of Tuscany, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Aleksei Brusilov, and Felix Steiner. After him are Syagrius, Draža Mihailović, Anton Denikin, Wilhelm List, Wilhelm Burgdorf, and Erhard Milch.

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Among people born in 1884, Walther von Reichenau ranks 18Before him are Max Brod, Franz Halder, Theodor Heuss, Theodor Svedberg, Gaston Bachelard, and Auguste Piccard. After him are Hermann Rorschach, Friedrich Bergius, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Edward Sapir. Among people deceased in 1942, Walther von Reichenau ranks 14Before him are José Raúl Capablanca, Robert Musil, Jean Baptiste Perrin, William Henry Bragg, Robert Bosch, and William G. Morgan. After him are Fritz Todt, Franz Boas, Richard Willstätter, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, Irène Némirovsky, and François Darlan.

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Among people born in Germany, Walther von Reichenau ranks 441 out of 6,142Before him are Albrecht Kossel (1853), Adolf Butenandt (1903), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1750), Hans Fischer (1881), and Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463). After him are Bernhard von Bülow (1849), Felix Klein (1849), F. W. Murnau (1888), Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662), Niklas Luhmann (1927), and Jochen Rindt (1942).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Walther von Reichenau ranks 45Before him are Ernst Busch (1885), Joachim Peiper (1915), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Hans Krebs (1898), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), and Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848). After him are Wilhelm List (1880), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Erhard Milch (1892), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), and Kurt Student (1890).