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 Major-General John Paul Doyle

Doyle, John Paul


* 1st of October 1904

† 30th of August 1988


Flag for USA


1942-01-05 Lieutenant-Colonel (AUS) (Air Corps)
1942-02-01 Lieutenant-Colonel (AUS)
1942-03-01 Colonel (AUS) (Air Corps)
1943-04-21 Colonel (AUS)
1943-06-12 Major
1944-11-11 Brigadier-General (AUS)
1948-04-02 Colonel (USAF)


1941-09-XX 1943-01-XX Chief of Staff, 1st Air Support Command
1942-09-02 1942-10-02 Commanding Officer 1st Air Support Command
1943-01-XX 1943-03-XX Attached to Headquarters 5th Air Force
1943-04-23 1943-05-02 Commanding Officer 1st Air Support Command
1943-05-XX 1944-08-XX Chief of Staff, 42nd Bomber Wing [North Africa - Italy - France]
1944-09-01 1945-07-XX Commanding General 42nd Bomber Wing [France]
1945-07-XX 1945-08-XX Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army Air Forces in Europe
1945-08-XX 1946-06-XX Air Liaison Officer with Army Ground Forces
1946-07-10 1946-09-24 Commanding General 12th Air Force
1946-09-24 1947-01-22 Chief of Staff, 12th Air Force
1947-01-23 1947-05-02 Commanding General 12th Air Force
1947-07-XX 1947-09-XX Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Defense Command
1947-09-XX 1949-04-XX Deputy Chief of Staff for Materiel, Continental Air Command
1947-09-XX 1947-XX-XX Acting Chief of Staff, Air Defense Command
1949-05-XX 1949-07-XX Chief of Staff, 20th Air Force
1949-07-XX 1952-06-10 Commanding General Far East Air Materiel Command
1952-07-XX 1955-XX-XX Director of Transportation, Headquarters US Air Force
1956-06-XX Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Shawn M. Bohannon


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