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 28264 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 General Evelyn Hugh Barker

Barker, Evelyn Hugh


* 22nd of May 1894

† 23rd of November 1983

(King's Royal Rifle Corps)

Nickname: Bubbles

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1934-07-01 Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
1936-07-13 Lieutenant-Colonel
1938-08-01 Temporary Brigadier
1938-08-20 Colonel (Dated back to 1937-07-01)
1940-12-21 Relinquish the Temporary rank of Brigadier
1941-02-11 Acting Major-General
1942-02-11 Temporary Major-General
1943-01-22 Major-General (dated back to 1941-11-17)
1944-12-02 Acting Lieutenant-General
1946-05-05 Lieutenant-General (Dated back to 1946-05-05)
1948-11-15 General (Dated back to 1946-10-03)


1936-06-13 1938-08-01 Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Riffle Corps
1938-08-01 1940-10-06 Commanding Officer 10th Infantry Brigade [France]
1940-10-04 1940-12-21 Member of the Transport Committee
1941-02-11 1943-04-14 General Officer Commanding 54th Infantry Division
1943-04-30 1944-11-30 General Officer Commanding 49th Infantry Division [Northwestern Europe]
1944-12-02 1946-XX-XX General Officer Commanding VIII Corps [Northwestern Europe]
1945-12-31 1950-09-01 Honorary Colonel, Duke of Yorks Own Loyal Suffolk Hussars
1946-02-11 1956-02-10 Colonel-Commandant, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
1946-05-01 1947-01-31 General Officer Commanding British Troops in Palestine & Trans-Jordan
1947-02-18 1950-02-18 General Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Command
1949-07-06 1950-03-18 Aide-de-Camp General to the King
1950-03-18 Retired
1951-01-01 1962-12-31 Honorary Colonel, 286th (Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Artillery
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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