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 and convicted war criminal 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 494,989 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Walther von Reichenau is the 155th most popular military personnel (up from 209th in 2019), the 368th most popular biography from Germany (up from 480th in 2019) and the 35th 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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Among military personnels, Walther von Reichenau ranks 155 out of 1,466Before him are Helmuth Weidling, Semyon Budyonny, Franz Halder, José de San Martín, Georg von Küchler, and Johannes Blaskowitz. After him are Yi Sun-sin, Gaius Julius Caesar, Amr ibn al-As, Aleksei Brusilov, Sun Jian, and Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly.

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Among people born in 1884, Walther von Reichenau ranks 14Before him are İsmet İnönü, Anton Drexler, Max Brod, Édouard Daladier, Peter Debye, and Franz Halder. After him are Gaston Bachelard, Theodor Heuss, Auguste Piccard, Hermann Rorschach, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and Theodor Svedberg. Among people deceased in 1942, Walther von Reichenau ranks 15Before him are William G. Morgan, Anton Drexler, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Robert Bosch, Franz Boas, and William Henry Bragg. After him are Fritz Todt, Richard Willstätter, Sabina Spielrein, Hans-Joachim Marseille, François Darlan, and Irène Némirovsky.

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Among people born in Germany, Walther von Reichenau ranks 368 out of 5,289Before him are Franz Halder (1884), Ernst Ruska (1906), Carl Bosch (1874), Georg von Küchler (1881), Martin Behaim (1459), and Louis the Child (893). After him are Regiomontanus (1436), Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Paul Hausser (1880), Hans Fritzsche (1900), Martin Waldseemüller (1470), and Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Walther von Reichenau ranks 35Before him are Ferdinand Schörner (1892), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Ernst Busch (1885), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Franz Halder (1884), and Georg von Küchler (1881). After him are Paul Hausser (1880), Hans Krebs (1898), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), August von Mackensen (1849), Wilhelm List (1880), and Joachim Peiper (1915).