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 William Edward Cole

Cole, William Edward


* 22nd of September 1874

† 18th of May 1953

(Regular Army)

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1917-06-22 Lieutenant-Colonel
1917-10-31 Colonel (National Army)
1918-08-08 Brigadier-General (United States Army)
1919-04-10 Termination of rank Brigadier-General (United States Army)
1919-04-10 Termination of rank Colonel (National Army)
1927-07-01 Colonel
1930-01-13 Brigadier-General
1935-12-01 Major-General


1916-12-XX 1917-10-01 District Material Officer, Panama Coast Artillery District
1917-10-01 1917-10-31 Attached to the Office of the Adjutant-General
1917-11-08 1918-08-26 Commanding Officer 351st Field Artillery Regiment [France]
1918-10-04 1918-12-12 Commanding Officer 11th Field Artillery Brigade
1918-12-16 1919-01-07 Commanding Officer 20th Field Artillery Brigade
1919-01-07 1919-04-10 Commanding Officer Camp Jackson, South Carolina
1919-04-18 1919-07-25 Attached to Adjutant-General's Department
1920-08-05 1921-06-30 Commanding Officer 30th Coast Artillery Brigade
1920-08-16 1921-05-31 Commanding Officer 52nd Coast Artillery Regiment
1920-09-09 1920-11-03 Commanding Officer Coast Artillery Training Center, Fort Monroe, Virginia 18.05.21-01.07.21: Commanding Officer 43rd Coast Artillery Regiment
1921-07-01 1924-12-25 Assistant to the Chief of Coast Artillery
1924-12-26 1925-05-XX Chief of Staff, Hawaiian Coast Artillery Brigade
1925-05-15 1927-08-31 Commanding Officer Coast Defenses of Pearl Harbor
1925-05-15 1927-08-31 Commanding Officer 55th Coast Artillery Brigade
1927-11-30 1930-01-13 President of the Coast Artillery Board
1929-01-15 1930-03-31 Commanding Officer 30th Coast Artillery Brigade
1930-02-17 1930-03-15 Attending General Officers' Refresher Course, Fort Benning, Georgia
1930-05-08 1930-09-12 Commanding Officer 1st Coast Artillery District
1930-10-25 1931-01-06 Commanding Officer 22nd Infantry Brigade
1931-04-07 1932-10-03 Commanding Officer Hawaiian Separate Coast Artillery Brigade
1932-11-04 1936-01-25 Commanding Officer 2nd Coast Artillery District
1933-06-02 1936-01-25 Commanding Southern Zone Civil Conservation Corps
1936-01-25 1938-07-31 Commanding General 5th Corps Area
1938-09-30 Retired
1941-12-08 Recalled
1941-12-08 1944-09-05 Member of the War Department Personnel Board
1944-09-05 Retired
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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.