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 Major-General Ivan Andreevich Presniakov

Presniakov, Ivan Andreevich


* 22nd of August 1893

† 5th of January 1943

(Иван Андреевич Пресняков)

Flag for Soviet Union


1940-04-02 Kombrig
1940-06-04 Major-General


1925-02-XX 1926-08-XX Commanding Officer 252nd Rifle Division
1926-08-XX 1928-08-15 Commanding Officer 76th Rifle Regiment
1928-08-15 1928-12-12 Instructor at Omsk Infantry School
1928-12-12 1929-XX-XX Attending the Higher Rifle-Tactical Course
1929-XX-XX 1934-XX-XX Instructor at Omsk Infantry School
1934-XX-XX 1938-XX-XX Head of the Military Department, Moscow Physical Culture Institute
1938-XX-XX 1940-02-04 Senior Assistant Inspector of Infantry
1940-02-04 1940-11-22 Senior Inspector, 1st Section, Infantry Directorate
1940-11-22 1941-07-02 Chief of Combat Training Section, Arkhangelsk Military District
1941-07-02 1941-09-19 Commanding Officer 5th Moscow People's Militia Division
1941-09-19 1943-01-05 Prisoner of War
1943-01-05 Died in captivity
Picture source: From Sovetskie Generaly v Plenu by Fedor Sverdlov, 1999


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