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 General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

MacArthur, Douglas

General of the Army

* 26th of January 1880

† 5th of April 1964

(Regular Army)

Flag for USA


1917-08-05 Colonel (National Army)
1918-06-16 Brigadier-General (National Army)
1920-01-20 Brigadier-General
1925-01-17 Major-General
1930-11-21 General
1936-06-18 Field Marshal of the Philippine Army
1941-07-26 Major-General (Army of the United States)
1941-07-29 Lieutenant-General (Army of the United States)
1941-12-22 General (Army of the United States)
1944-12-18 General of the Army (Temporary)
1946-04-11 General of the Army


1916-04-07 1917-08-10 Attached to the General Staff
1917-08-10 1918-08-05 Chief of Staff, 42nd Infantry Division [France]
1918-08-06 1918-11-XX Commanding Officer 84th Infantry Brigade [France]
1918-11-XX 1919-04-12 Commanding General 42nd Infantry Division [France]
1919-05-01 1919-06-12 Attached to the General Staff
1919-06-12 1922-06-30 Superintendent of US Military Academy West Point
1922-11-01 1923-06-29 Commanding Officer District of Manila [Philippines]
1923-06-29 1925-01-17 Commanding Officer 23rd Infantry Brigade [Philippines]
1924-11-18 1925-01-30 Commanding General Philippine Division
1925-05-01 1925-07-26 Commanding General 4th Corps Area
1925-08-01 1928-09-03 Commanding General 3rd Corps Area
1928-10-01 1930-10-02 Commanding General Philippine Department
1930-10-02 1930-11-20 Commanding General 9th Corps Area
1930-11-21 1935-10-01 Chief of Staff, War Department General Staff
1935-10-26 1937-12-31 Detailed to assist the Commonwealth of the Philippines in preparing its National Defense system
1936-01-01 1941-07-25 Military Advisor to Commonwealth of the Philippines
1937-12-31 Retired
1941-07-26 Recalled
1941-07-26 1942-02-17 Commanding General US Army Forces Far East
1942-04-18 1945-09-02 Commander in Chief Southwest Pacific Area
1943-03-26 1945-06-10 Commanding General US Army Forces Far East
1945-04-06 1946-12-31 Commander in Chief US Army Forces in the Pacific
1945-08-14 1951-XX-XX Commander in Chief Allied Forces of Occupation Japan
1947-01-01 1951-04-11 Commander in Chief Far East Command
1950-07-08 1951-04-11 Commander in Chief UN Forces in Korea
1951-04-11 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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