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 23779 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 Lieutenant-General Sir Alwyn Ragnar Garrett

Garrett, Sir Alwyn Ragnar


* 12th of February 1900

† 4th of November 1977

Flag for Australia


1940-09-16 Lieutenant-Colonel
1942-04-06 Temporary Colonel
1943-12-08 Colonel
1943-12-08 Temporary Brigadier


1940-09-16 1941-02-26 Commanding Officer 2nd/31st Infantry Battalion
1941-03-04 1941-06-04 General Staff Officer 2 (O), I Australian Corps
1941-06-17 1941-07-31 Attached for Special Duties with Armoured Formations [Middle East]
1941-08-01 1942-04-05 Attached for Special Duties with Armoured Formations [Great Britain]
1942-04-06 1942-10-27 General Staff Officer 1, 1st Australian Amoured Division
1942-10-28 1943-07-31 Director of Amoured Fighting Vehicles, Army Headquarters
1943-08-01 1943-09-12 General Staff Officer, G Branch, Army Headquarters
1943-09-13 1943-12-07 General Staff Officer 1 (Operations), I Australian Corps
1943-12-08 1944-04-11 Brigadier General Staff, I Australian Corps
1944-04-12 1944-05-05 Brigadier General Staff, II Australian Corps
1944-05-06 1944-10-01 Brigadier General Staff, New Guinea Force
1944-10-02 1945-10-09 Brigadier General Staff II Australian Corps
1945-10-10 1946-02-14 Commanding Officer 8th Australian Infantry Brigade
1946-02-15 1946-03-04 Attached to Victoria Lines of Communication Area
1946-03-05 1946-06-08 Attached to Staff College Camberley [Great Britain]
1946-06-09 1947-01-06 Commandant of the Australian Staff College
1947-04-04 1947-07-15 Commanding Officer British Commonwealt Base, British Commonwealth Occupation Force Japan
1947-07-16 1949-12-21 Brigadier in Charge of Administration, British Commonwealth Occupation Force Japan
1948-06-01 1949-12-21 Comamnding Officer Force Troops, British Commonwealth Occupation Force Japan
1949-12-22 1951-XX-XX Commandant of the Australian Staff College
1951-XX-XX 1952-XX-XX General Officer Commander in Chief Western Command
1953-XX-XX Deputy Chief of the General Staff
1954-XX-XX Adjutant-General, Army Headquarters
1954-XX-XX 1958-XX-XX General Officer Commander in Chief Southern Command
1958-XX-XX 1960-XX-XX Chief of the General Staff
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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