Wilhelm Burgdorf

1895 - 1945

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Wilhelm Emanuel Burgdorf (15 February 1895 – 2 May 1945) was a German general during World War II, who served as a commander and staff officer in the German Army. In October 1944, Burgdorf assumed the role of the chief of the Army Personnel Office and chief adjutant to Adolf Hitler. In this capacity, he played a role in the forced suicide of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Burgdorf has received more than 720,758 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Wilhelm Burgdorf is the 185th most popular military personnel (up from 196th in 2019), the 450th most popular biography from Germany (up from 461st in 2019) and the 47th most popular Military Personnel.

Wilhelm Burgdorf was a colonel-general in the German army during World War II. He was one of the defendants at the Nuremberg Trials, and was found guilty of war crimes.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Burgdorf ranks 185 out of 1,468Before him are Felix Steiner, Walther von Reichenau, Syagrius, Draža Mihailović, Anton Denikin, and Wilhelm List. After him are Erhard Milch, Yue Fei, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Amr ibn al-As, Mikhail Frunze, and Maximilian von Weichs.

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Among people born in 1895, Wilhelm Burgdorf ranks 32Before him are Babe Ruth, Gerhard Domagk, Anastas Mikoyan, Rudolph Valentino, Folke Bernadotte, and Oskar Dirlewanger. After him are Cemal Gürsel, Levi Eshkol, Vladimir Propp, Ragnar Frisch, Igor Tamm, and Ludvík Svoboda. Among people deceased in 1945, Wilhelm Burgdorf ranks 43Before him are Francis William Aston, Hans Krebs, Oskar Dirlewanger, Roland Freisler, Hans Fischer, and Josef Kramer. After him are Käthe Kollwitz, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Stefan Banach, Giovanni Agnelli, Robert Ritter von Greim, and Karl-Otto Koch.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Burgdorf ranks 450 out of 6,142Before him are F. W. Murnau (1888), Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Jochen Rindt (1942), Wilhelm List (1880), and Josef Kramer (1906). After him are Erhard Milch (1892), Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (1573), Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Emile Berliner (1851), and Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Burgdorf ranks 47Before him are Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Hans Krebs (1898), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Walther von Reichenau (1884), and Wilhelm List (1880). After him are Erhard Milch (1892), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Kurt Student (1890), Otto Carius (1922), and Karl-Otto Koch (1897).