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 Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke

Brooke, Alan Francis

Field Marshal

* 23rd of July 1883

† 17th of June 1963

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1918-09-20 Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
1919-01-01 Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
1929-02-04 Temporary Brigadier
1929-02-26 Colonel (Dated back to 1923-01-01)
1935-06-01 Major-General
1938-07-15 Lieutenant-General (Dated back to 1938-06-27)
1940-07-20 Acting General
1941-05-07 General
1944-01-01 Field Marshal


1918-09-20 1919-03-31 General Staff Officer 1, 1st Army [France]
1920-02-25 1921-04-08 General Staff Officer 2, 50th Infantry Division
1921-04-09 1921-07-08 General Staff Officer 1, Defence Force
1921-07-09 1922-12-31 General Staff Officer 2, 50th Infantry Division
1923-01-01 1927-01-20 Instructor at Staff College Camberley
1927-XX-XX 1929-XX-XX Attending the Imperial Defence College
1929-02-04 1932-03-14 Commandant of School of Artillery
1932-03-15 1934-04-06 Instructor at Imperial Defence College
1934-04-07 1935-09-30 Commanding Officer 8th Infantry Brigade
1935-11-08 1936-08-14 Inspector of Artillery, War Office
1936-08-15 1937-11-23 Director of Military Training, War Office
1937-11-24 1938-07-14 General Officer Commanding Mobile Division
1938-07-15 1939-03-24 General Officer Commanding Anti-Aircraft Corps
1939-04-01 1939-07-28 General Officer Commanding in Chief Anti-Aircraft Command
1939-05-20 1957-03-01 Colonel Commandant, Royal Regiment of Artillery
1939-07-28 1939-08-31 General Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Command
1939-09-03 1940-06-25 General Officer Commanding II Corps [France]
1940-06-12 1940-06-18 Commander in Chief 2nd British Expeditionary Force [France]
1940-06-26 1940-07-19 General Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Command
1940-07-20 1941-12-24 Commander in Chief Home Force
1940-09-14 1957-03-01 Colonel Commandant, Royal Horse Artillery
1941-12-25 1946-06-25 Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1942-09-11 1946-06-25 Aide-de-Camp General to the King 12.11.42-23.07.51: Colonel Commandant, The Glider Pilot Regiment
1946-08-16 1957-08-16 Colonel Commandant, Honourable Artillery Company, Territorial Army
1946-11-05 1956-12-01 Master Gunner, St. James Park
1950-08-01 1955-08-09 Constable of the Tower of London
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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.