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 28115 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 Brigadier Arthur Seaforth Blackburn

Blackburn, Arthur Seaforth


* 25th of November 1892

† 24th of November 1960

Flag for Australia


1939-07-01 Lieutenant-Colonel
1942-02-22 Temporary Brigadier
1942-09-01 Colonel
1946-07-19 Granted the Honorary rank of Brigadier
1946-10-11 Temporary Brigadier
1947-01-11 Re-granted the Honorary rank of Brigadier


1939-07-01 Commanding Officer 18th Machine Gun Regiment
1940-07-01 1942-02-21 Commanding Officer 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion [Java]
1942-02-22 1942-04-09 Commanding Officer Australian Imperial Force, Southwest Pacific Area
1942-04-09 1945-09-13 Prisoner of War
1946-07-19 Retired
1946-10-11 Recalled
1946-10-11 1947-01-10 Attached to the 2nd Australian War Crimes Section, Headquarters Supreme Commander Allied Powers
1947-01-10 Retired
1949-06-08 1955-01-06 Honorary Colonel, Adelaide University Regiment
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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