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 James Maurice Gavin

Gavin, James Maurice


* 22nd of March 1907

† 23rd of February 1990

(Regular Army)

Flag for USA


1942-02-01 Lieutenant-Colonel (Army of the United States)
1942-09-25 Colonel (Army of the United States)
1943-09-22 Brigadier-General (Army of the United States)
1944-10-20 Major-General (Army of the United States)
1946-06-13 Major
1948-06-10 Colonel


1941-12-XX 1942-07-XX Personnel & Training Officer, Provisional Parachute Group
1942-07-XX 1943-01-XX Commanding Officer 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
1943-01-XX 1943-11-XX Commanding Officer 505th Parachute Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division [Italy]
1943-11-XX 1944-02-01 Airborne Advisor to Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force
1943-12-09 1944-08-27 Assistant Commanding General 82nd Airborne Division [Northwestern Europe]
1944-08-27 1948-03-28 Commanding General 82nd Airborne Division [Northwestern Europe]
1945-07-XX 1945-10-XX American Representative to the Soviet City Commandant of Berlin
1945-09-03 1945-10-10 Commanding General US Sector Berlin [Germany]
1948-04-01 1949-04-XX Chief of Staff, 5th Army
1949-05-01 Member of the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, Office of the Secretary of Defense
1952-XX-XX 1954-XX-XX Commanding General VI Corps
1954-04-01 1955-03-24 Assistant Chief of Staff (G-3) US Army
1955-03-25 1955-10-09 Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans & Research US Army
1955-11-10 1958-03-31 Chief of Research & Depvelopment, Department of the Army
1958-03-31 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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