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 General Kotaro Nakamura

Nakamura, Kotaro


* 28th of August 1881

† 29th of August 1947


Flag for Japan


1922-08-15 Colonel
1926-07-26 Major-General
1932-04-XX Lieutenant-General
1938-06-30 General


1922-08-15 1923-08-06 Commanding Officer 67th Regiment
1923-08-12 1927-07-26 Attached to the General Staff
1927-07-26 1929-08-01 Commanding Officer 39th Brigade
1929-08-01 1930-12-22 Chief of Staff Chosen Army, Korea
1930-12-22 1932-02-28 Head of Personnel Bureau, Ministry of War
1932-03-01 1934-03-05 General Officer Commanding China Garrison Army
1934-03-05 1935-12-02 General Officer Commanding 8th Army
1935-12-02 1937-03-01 Deputy Inspector-General of Military Training
1937-02-02 1937-02-09 Minister of War
1937-03-01 1937-08-02 Member of the Supreme War Council
1937-08-02 1937-11-30 General Officer Commanding Tokyo Defence Command
1937-08-02 1938-06-23 Commander in Chief Eastern Defence Army
1938-07-15 1941-07-07 Commander in Chief Chosen Army, Korea
1941-12-24 1943-05-01 Commander in Chief Eastern Army District
1943-05-02 Retired
1945-05-XX 1945-11-XX President of the Military Defence Institute
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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.