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Wilhelm Canaris

1887 - 1945

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Wilhelm Franz Canaris (1 January 1887 – 9 April 1945) was a German admiral and the chief of the Abwehr (the German military-intelligence service) from 1935 to 1944. Canaris was initially a supporter of Adolf Hitler, and the Nazi regime. However, following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, Canaris turned against Hitler and committed acts of both passive and active resistance during the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Canaris has received more than 1,628,152 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Wilhelm Canaris is the 79th most popular military personnel (down from 72nd in 2019), the 207th most popular biography from Germany (down from 183rd in 2019) and the 18th most popular German Military Personnel.

Wilhelm Canaris was a German admiral and head of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service. He is best known for his involvement in the 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Canaris ranks 79 out of 1,468Before him are Michel Ney, Günther von Kluge, Ivan Konev, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Eugène de Beauharnais, and Hans-Ulrich Rudel. After him are Hiroo Onoda, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Andrea Doria, Alexander Suvorov, Hattori Hanzō, and Tadeusz Kościuszko.

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Among people born in 1887, Wilhelm Canaris ranks 13Before him are Marcel Duchamp, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Ernst Röhm, Padre Pio, Arthur Rubinstein, and Bernard Montgomery. After him are Jozef Tiso, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gustav Ludwig Hertz, Juan Gris, and Vidkun Quisling. Among people deceased in 1945, Wilhelm Canaris ranks 16Before him are Thomas Hunt Morgan, Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, Magda Goebbels, Anton Webern, and Subhas Chandra Bose. After him are Paul Valéry, Heinrich Müller, Ernst Cassirer, Irma Grese, Johan Huizinga, and Pietro Mascagni.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Canaris ranks 207 out of 6,142Before him are Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), Alexander Van der Bellen (1944), Otto von Guericke (1602), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), Karl Liebknecht (1871), and Eckhart Tolle (1948). After him are Conrad III of Germany (1093), Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1282), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), and Werner von Siemens (1816).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Canaris ranks 18Before him are Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), Erich Hartmann (1922), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), and Michel Ney (1769). After him are Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Albert Kesselring (1885), John of Austria (1547), Hermann Hoth (1885), Heinrich Müller (1900), and Klaus Barbie (1913).