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 28115 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 Giovanni Fontana

Fontana, Giovanni


* 9th of August 1877

† 1969

Flag for Italy


1934-05-12 Brigadier-General
1937-07-01 Major-General


1927-01-01 1930-12-31 Commanding Officer 2nd Mountain Artillery Regiment
1937-XX-XX Attached to Torino Corps
1938-XX-XX Attached to Udine Corps
1939-08-09 1939-09-10 Unemployed
1939-09-10 1940-10-31 At disposal of the Chief of the Army General Staff
1940-12-31 Retired, but remained employed
1941-XX-XX 1942-XX-XX Commanding Officer Artillery, 11th Army [Albania - Greece]
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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.