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 27344 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 Lieutenant-General Denis John Charles Kirwan Bernard

Bernard, Denis John Charles Kirwan


* 22nd of October 1882

† 25th of August 1956

(The Rifle Brigade)

Flag for Great Britain


1916-04-22 Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
1917-06-03 Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
1919-06-16 Reverted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
1920-04-06 Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
1922-03-15 Reverted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
1923-01-01 Brevet Colonel
1927-05-27 Lieutenant-Colonel
1930-10-15 Temporary Brigadier
1930-10-30 Colonel (Dated back to 1921-06-03) promotion: 14.12.1933 Major-General
1939-09-27 Lieutenant-General (Dated back to 1938-01-29)


1916-04-22 1917-12-19 General Staff Officer 1 ? [Egypt - France]
1917-12-20 1919-09-16 General Staff Officer 1 ?
1920-04-06 1922-03-14 General Staff Officer 1, Irish Command
1923-05-20 1927-05-19 General Staff Officer 1, 1st Infantry Division
1927-05-27 1930-10-14 Commanding Officer 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Riffles
1930-10-15 1934-03-14 Brigadier General Staff, Northern Command [India]
1932-08-20 1933-12-13 Aide-de-Camp to the King
1934-03-15 1934-10-01 Half-pay
1934-10-01 1936-11-30 Director of Recruiting & Organization, War Office
1936-12-01 1939-09-26 General Officer Commanding 3rd Infantry Division
1937-02-04 1947-03-01 Colonel, Royal Ulster Rifles
1939-09-27 1941-XX-XX Governor & Commander in Chief of Bermuda
1941-11-18 Retired
Picture source: NPG x41724, National Portrait Gallery, London


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