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Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb

1876 - 1956

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Wilhelm Josef Franz Ritter von Leeb (5 September 1876 – 29 April 1956) was a German field marshal and war criminal in World War II. Leeb was a highly decorated officer in World War I and was awarded the Military Order of Max Joseph which granted him the title of nobility. During the Battle of France, he commanded Army Group C, responsible for the breakthrough of the Maginot Line. During Operation Barbarossa—the invasion of the Soviet Union—Leeb commanded Army Group North, which advanced through the Baltic States towards Leningrad (present day St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb has received more than 535,915 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb is the 87th most popular military personnel (up from 99th in 2019), the 219th most popular biography from Germany (up from 255th in 2019) and the 19th most popular German Military Personnel.

Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb was a German general during World War II. He is most famous for his command of the German forces in the invasion of the Soviet Union.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 87 out of 1,468Before him are Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Andrea Doria, Alexander Suvorov, Hattori Hanzō, Tadeusz Kościuszko, and Jan Žižka. After him are Subutai, Robert E. Lee, Albert Kesselring, John of Austria, Desmond Doss, and Konstantin Rokossovsky.

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Among people born in 1876, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 6Before him are Pope Pius XII, Jack London, Konrad Adenauer, Mata Hari, and Erich Raeder. After him are Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Zewditu, Constantin Brâncuși, Pablo Casals, and Manuel de Falla. Among people deceased in 1956, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 6Before him are Bertolt Brecht, Irène Joliot-Curie, B. R. Ambedkar, Jackson Pollock, and Konstantin von Neurath. After him are Pietro Badoglio, Jules Rimet, Frederick Soddy, Robert Walser, Emil Nolde, and Lucien Febvre.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 219 out of 6,142Before him are Werner von Siemens (1816), Anton Drexler (1884), Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia (1361), Levi Strauss (1829), Hans Zimmer (1957), and Hans Memling (1435). After him are Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), Walter Ulbricht (1893), Eduard Bernstein (1850), Wilhelm Frick (1877), Nico (1938), and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 19Before him are Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), Erich Hartmann (1922), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Michel Ney (1769), and Wilhelm Canaris (1887). After him are Albert Kesselring (1885), John of Austria (1547), Hermann Hoth (1885), Heinrich Müller (1900), Klaus Barbie (1913), and Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881).