The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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The Second World War was by far the biggest war in human history. A lot of people participated in this total war. Which people are the most important?
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    Died at 56 (1889-1945) Axis

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    Died at 53 (1891-1944) Axis*

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    Died at 86 (1887-1973)

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    Died at 75 (1878-1953) Allied

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    Died at 91 (1874-1965) Allied

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    Died at 59 (1884-1943) Axis

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    Died at 66 (1888-1954)

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    Died at 53 (1893-1946) Axis

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    Died at 45 (1900-1945)

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    Died at 60 (1885-1945) Axis

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    Died at 84 (1906-1990) Allied

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    Died at 63 (1882-1945) Allied

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    Died at 78 (1875-1953) Axis. General, who served at Eastern and Western front from the beginning to the end of the war.

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    Died at 84 (1867-1951)

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    Died at 85 (1886-1971) Axis. Good defensive strategist and chivalrous colonel general.

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    Died at 78 (1896-1974) Allied

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    Died at 65 (1880-1945) Axis. Although he despised National Socialism cause of his aristocratic descent he was a great German patriot, who lectured his soldiers about

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    Died at 64 (1884-1948) Axis

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    Died at 75 (1885-1960) Axis. Very skilled general in the German air force.

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    Died at 79 (1890-1969) Allied

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    Died at 56 (1890-1946) Axis

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    Died at 89 (1891-1980) Axis

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    Died at 64 (1882-1946) Axis

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    Died at 71 (1922-1993) Axis. Most successful fighter pilot ever. (352 air victories)

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    Died at 79 (1880-1959)

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    Died at 84 (1876-1960) Axis. Chief of the German navy during the first half of the war.

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    Died at 88 (1884-1972) Allied

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    Wilhelm Franz Canaris ( Chief ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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    Wilhelm Franz Canaris ( Chief of the Abwehr ) Wilhelm Franz Canaris (1 January 1887 – 9 April 1945) was a German admiral, and chief of the Abwehr, the German military

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    Died at 62 (1882-1944) Axis

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    Died at 76 (1905-1981) Axis

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    Died at 86 (1885-1971) Axis

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    Died at 33 (1908-1941) Axis. Most famous submarine commander ever. With his sub U-47 he sunk the British battleship Royal Oak at anchorage in Scapa Flow.

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    Died at 66 (1916-1982) Axis. Highest decorated German serviceman of the war.

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    Died at 97 (1905-2002)

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    Died at 45 (1900-1945)

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    Died at 54 (1891-1945) Axis. Great defensive strategist.

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    Died at 77 (1890-1967) Axis

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    Died at 30 (1914-1944) Axis. Very keen and successful tank commander. Destroyed 138 enemy tanks.

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    Died at 56 (1906-1962) Axis

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    Died at 24 (1921-1945) Axis. Top scoring tank ace of all times. (195 tank kills, 168 of them officially confirmed)

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    Died at 81 (1885-1966) Allied

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    Ernst Barkmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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    Ernst Barkmann Died at 90 (1919-2009) Axis. Very tough tank commander at both fronts.

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    Died at 72 (1896-1968)

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    Died at 73 (1881-1954) Axis. Brave and noble German general.

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    Died at 44 (1897-1941) Allied

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    Died at 29 (1912-1941) Axis. Gifted and courageous submarine commander. Sunk 36 allied ships.

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    Died at 74 (1892-1966) Axis

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    Died at 80 (1870-1950)

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