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 22621 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 Herman Francisus Maria Baron van Voorst tot Voorst

Voorst tot Voorst, Herman Francisus Maria Baron van


* 2nd of August 1886

† 9th of July 1971

Flag for The Netherlands


1934-05-01 Lieutenant-Colonel
1936-11-01 Colonel
1938-11-01 Major-General
1948-05-01 Lieutenant-General (Honorary)


1934-11-01 1936-11-01 Commanding Officer Cyclists Regiment
1936-11-01 1939-07-01 Inspector of Cavalry
1936-11-01 1939-07-01 Commanding Officer Light Brigade
1939-07-01 1940-02-03 General Officer Commanding Light Division
1939-07-01 1940-02-03 Inspector of Cavalry & Cyclists
1940-02-06 1950-05-15 Chief of Staff, Army Department
1940-07-24 1945-05-12 Prisoner of War
1945-12-01 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Hans Houterman &


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