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 Major-General Paavo Johannes Paalu

Paalu, Paavo Johannes


* 28th of May 1895

† 5th of March 1971

Flag for Finland


1933-12-06 Colonel
1942-04-26 Major-General


1933-07-01 1938-02-28 Commanding Officer Central Finland Regiment
1938-02-28 1939-10-14 Commanding Officer Satakunta-Häme Military District
1939-10-14 1940-01-01 General Officer Commanding 6th Reserve Division
1940-01-01 1940-03-03 General Officer Commanding 3rd Division
1940-03-03 1940-04-27 Commanding Officer Paalu Group
1940-04-27 1940-05-23 General Officer Commanding 23rd Division
1940-05-23 1940-11-15 General Officer Commanding West Finland Military District
1940-11-15 1941-06-18 General Officer Commanding Southwest Finland Military District
1941-06-18 1943-11-02 General Officer Commanding 1st Division
1943-11-02 1944-06-26 General Officer Commanding 18th Division
1944-06-26 1945-01-21 Employment on special duties for the Commander in Chief at General Headquarters
1945-01-21 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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