The Generals of WWII


About the project

This project attempts to create a biographical database, which covers the army generals of all participating countries of the Second World War. At the moment the database contains 24480 short biographical sketches of the army generals of World War 2.

However, taking into account the scope of the project, the information on each general will vary in detail. Some generals have only been identified and listed with their last names, while others are listed with full names and sketches of their military careers. I am engaged in the quest for further biographical information on the generals and as a result there will be continual updates.

To find information on a specific general use the Search function or just click on The Generals and then choose the country of origin.

I hope that you will find this a useful reference tool.

General of the day

Portrait of General Sir Henry Colville Barclay Wemyss

Wemyss, Sir Henry Colville Barclay


* 26th of April 1891

† 2nd of April 1959

Flag for Great Britain


1926-12-24 Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
1933-08-14 Lieutenant-Colonel
1935-10-01 Colonel (Dated back to 1929-12-24)
1939-01-09 Major-General (Dated back to 1938-01-07)
1940-06-10 Acting Lieutenant-General
1941-06-10 Temporary Lieutenant-General
1941-10-21 Lieutenant-General (Dated back to 1941-08-11)
1945-10-15 General


1926-04-26 1929-04-13 General Staff Officer, 2 War Office
1929-05-01 1932-02-16 Instructor at School of Signals
1932-02-17 1933-08-13 General Staff Officer 2, Northern Command
1933-XX-XX Attending the Senior Officers' School Sheerness
1933-XX-XX 1935-XX-XX Commanding Officer 5th Divisional Signals
1935-10-01 1937-01-17 Assistant Adjutant-General, War Office
1938-01-18 1938-12-18 Attending the Imperial Defence College
1939-01-09 1940-02-18 Director of Mobilization, War Office
1940-02-19 1940-06-09 Deputy Adjutant-General, War Office
1940-06-10 1941-06-02 Adjutant-General to the Forces, War Office
1941-06-03 1942-06-15 Head of the British Army Mission Washington
1942-06-16 1946-XX-XX Military Secretary to Secretary of States for War
1942-XX-XX Colonel Commandant, The Royal Corps of Signals
1946-11-23 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.