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 24480 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 Herbert Lorentz Brede

Brede, Herbert Lorentz


* 25th of April 1888

† 6th of October 1942

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1918-XX-XX 1919-XX-XX Commanding Officer Battalion 1st Artillery Regiment
1919-XX-XX Commanding Officer 2nd Artillery Regiment
1919-XX-XX 1920-XX-XX Chief of Artillery
1920-XX-XX 1930-XX-XX Inspector-General of Artillery
1930-XX-XX 1933-XX-XX Chief of Military Training
1933-XX-XX 1934-XX-XX General Officer Commanding 1st Division
1934-XX-XX 1940-XX-XX General Officer Commanding 3rd Division
1940-08-XX Transferred to the Soviet Army
1940-08-XX 1941-06-28 General Officer Commanding Artillery XXII Rifle Corps
1941-06-28 1942-10-06 Arrested
1942-10-06 Condemned to death and executed
Picture source: Courtesy of Valdis J. Kursietis


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