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 28114 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 of Aviation Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Samoilo

Samoilo, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich

Lieutenant-General of Aviation

* 23rd of October 1869

† 8th of November 1963

(Александр Александрович Самойло)

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1936-04-19 Kombrig
1940-06-04 Lieutenant-General of Aviation


1936-XX-XX Military Director, Moscow Meteorological Institute
1940-XX-XX Deputy Chief of Operations Section, Main Air Force Directorate
1941-XX-XX 1943-XX-XX Instructor at the Air Force Academy
1943-XX-XX 1948-XX-XX Head of Military Administration Department, Air Force Academy
1948-XX-XX Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Ilya Mukhin


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