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. In the Invasion 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 438,390 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb is the 99th most popular military personnel (down from 95th in 2019), the 255th most popular biography from Germany (down from 248th in 2019) and the 22nd 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 99 out of 1,466Before him are Tadeusz Kościuszko, John of Austria, Stilicho, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, Hermann Hoth, and Pancho Villa. After him are Subutai, Zhang Fei, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Theodor Eicke, Michael Wittmann, and Vasily Chuikov.

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Among people born in 1876, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 6Before him are Pope Pius XII, Mata Hari, Jack London, Konrad Adenauer, and Erich Raeder. After him are Constantin Brâncuși, Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Pablo Casals, Zewditu, and Alexander I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1956, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 5Before him are Bertolt Brecht, Jackson Pollock, Irène Joliot-Curie, and Konstantin von Neurath. After him are Jules Rimet, Pietro Badoglio, Emil Nolde, B. R. Ambedkar, Frederick Soddy, Alfred Kinsey, and Alexander Rodchenko.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 255 out of 5,289Before him are Julius Streicher (1885), Wim Wenders (1945), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Hermann Hoth (1885), Pope Clement II (1005), and Ferdinand Tönnies (1855). After him are Max Scheler (1874), Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756), Joseph Beuys (1921), Michael Haneke (1942), Gerhard Richter (1932), and Augustus III of Poland (1696).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb ranks 22Before him are Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Erich Hartmann (1922), Albert Kesselring (1885), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), John of Austria (1547), and Hermann Hoth (1885). After him are Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), Michael Wittmann (1914), Klaus Barbie (1913), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), Ludwig Beck (1880), and Heinrich Müller (1900).