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 26742 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 Zygmunt Berling

Berling, Zygmunt


* 27th of April 1896

† 11th of July 1980


Flag for Poland


1931-01-01 Lieutenant-Colonel
1943-08-10 Major-General (Soviet Army)
1943-08-11 Brigadier-General
1944-03-13 Lieutenant-General (Soviet Army)
1944-03-13 Major-General
1963-10-07 Lieutenant-General (Retired)


1937-03-XX 1939-06-XX Commanding Officer 4th Regiment
1939-06-XX 1939-09-XX At disposal
1939-10-04 Arrested by the NKVD
1939-10-04 1941-XX-XX Prisoner of War, Soviet Union
1941-08-XX 1942-XX-XX Chief of Staff 5th Division, Soviet Union
1942-XX-XX 1943-XX-XX General Officer Commanding Polish Forces in Soviet Union
1943-05-14 1943-11-20 General Officer Commanding 1st Division Polish People's Army Tadeusz Kosciuszko
1943-08-XX 1944-03-XX General Officer Commanding I Corps Polish People's Army
1944-07-XX 1944-10-XX General Officer Commanding 1st Polish People's Army
1944-07-22 1944-11-25 Deputy Commander in Chief Polish People's Army
1945-XX-XX 1947-XX-XX Attending the Military Academy of the General Staff, Soviet Union
1947-04-12 1947-10-08 Commandant of General Staff Academy
1948-XX-XX 1953-XX-XX Commandant of General Staff Academy
Picture source: Courtesy of Piotr Kapuscinski


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