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 Joseph May Swing

Swing, Joseph May


* 28th of February 1894

† 9th of December 1984

Flag for USA


1936-06-24 Lieutenant-Colonel (AUS)
1941-06-26 Colonel (AUS)
1942-02-16 Brigadier-General (AUS)
1943-02-15 Major-General (AUS)
1943-08-01 Colonel
1947-06-16 Brigadier-General
1948-01-24 Major-General


1935-07-01 1938-06-30 Executive Officer, 6th Field Artillery Regiment
1938-07-08 Assistant Chief of Staff (G-2), 2nd Division
1940-12-31 Chief of Staff, 2nd Division
1941-01-01 1942-01-31 Commanding Officer Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division
1942-02-01 1942-11-30 Commanding Offcer Artillery, 82nd Division
1943-02-25 1947-01-27 Commanding General 11th Airborne Division [New Guinea - Philippines - Japan]
1948-01-28 1949-01-28 Commanding General I Corps [Japan]
1949-04-09 1950-03-31 Commandant of the Artillery School
1949-04-09 1950-03-31 Commanding General Artillery Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
1950-04-01 1951-XX-XX Commandant of the Army War College
1950-04-01 1951-XX-XX Commanding General Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
1951-XX-XX 1954-XX-XX Commanding General 6th Army
1954-02-XX Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Paul Godley


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