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 27344 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 Ernest-Emile Petit

Petit, Ernest-Emile


* 20th of February 1888

† 28th of May 1971

Flag for France


1936-12-25 Lieutenant-Colonel
1940-12-25 Colonel
1941-01-01 Brigadier-General
1944-06-25 Major-General
1946-11-19 Lieutenant-General
1947-01-23 General


1934-XX-XX 1936-XX-XX Chief of Staff Paris Military Region
1936-XX-XX 1938-XX-XX Instructor at l'École de Liaison et Transmissions
1938-03-20 1940-12-19 Head of French Military Mission to Paraguay
1941-01-01 1942-03-05 Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief Free French Forces
1942-03-05 1944-XX-XX Head of Free French Military Mission to Soviet Union
1944-XX-XX 1945-08-20 Military Attaché to Soviet Union
1945-08-20 1946-03-08 General Officer Commanding 3rd Military Region
1946-03-08 1946-11-19 Assistant General Officer Commanding 1st Military Region
1946-03-08 1946-11-19 Assistant Military Governor of Paris
1946-11-19 1947-01-23 General Officer Commanding 1st Military Region
1947-01-23 1947-07-15 Director of the Military Cabinet, Ministry of National Defence
1947-02-20 Retired but remained employed
1947-07-15 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Anonymous


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