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 Ottorino Vespignani

Vespignani, Ottorino


* 25th of February 1895

† 1st of August 1965

(Regia Aeronautica)

Flag for Italy


1926-02-07 1929-06-30 Deputy Commandant of the Air Academy
1932-XX-XX Chief of Staff, 3rd Territorial Air Zone
1932-10-XX Attached to the Air Staff
1934-04-XX 1935-09-XX Commanding Officer 3rd Wing
1934-12-01 1938-08-17 Commanding Officer 13th Wing
Commandant of the Air Force Application School
1940-02-XX 1942-01-11 Commanding Officer Sardinia Air Command
Picture source: From 'Ordine Militare d'Italia 1911-1964' by Ufficio Storico dell'Aeronautica Militare, 1969


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