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 Major-General Pavel Filippovich Zaretskii

Zaretskii, Pavel Filippovich


* 27th of June 1898

† 18th of May 1971

(Павел Филиппович Зарецкий)

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1945-05-05 Major-General


1939-12-XX 1940-10-XX Chief of Personnel Section, 14th Army
1940-10-XX 1941-04-XX Chief of Personnel Section, 7th Army
1941-04-XX 1941-08-XX Commanding Officer 252nd Rifle Regiment
1941-08-XX 1941-10-XX Wounded and hospitalised
1941-10-XX 1941-11-XX Commanding Officer 252nd Rifle Regiment
1941-11-XX 1942-02-XX Wounded and hospitalised
1942-02-XX 1943-10-XX Commanding Officer 33rd Separate Rifle Brigade
1943-10-XX 1944-02-XX Deputy Commanding Officer 53rd Guards Rifle Division
1944-02-XX 1944-06-XX Wounded and hospitalised
1944-06-21 1945-02-23 Commanding Officer 358th Rifle Division
1945-04-03 1946-06-XX Commanding Officer 358th Rifle Division
1946-06-XX 1946-12-XX Commanding Officer 26th Guards Cannon Artillery Brigade
1946-12-XX 1947-10-XX Commanding Officer 25th Guards Cannon Artillery Division
1947-10-XX 1948-12-XX Attending the Frunze Military Academy
1948-12-XX 1950-04-XX Deputy Head of Organisation-Mobilisation Directorate, ground Forces
1950-04-XX 1952-12-XX Deputy Head of 3rd Directorate, Main Personnel Directorate
1952-12-XX 1953-06-20 Deputy Head of 2nd Directorate, Main Personnel Directorate
1953-06-20 Retired
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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.