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 Filipp Afanasevich Ershakov

Ershakov, Filipp Afanasevich


* 1st of September 1893

† July 1942

(Филипп Афанасьевич Ершаков)

Flag for Soviet Union


1940-06-04 Lieutenant-General


1926-11-XX 1931-10-XX Commanding Officer 80th Rifle Regiment
1931-10-XX 1932-02-XX Commanding Officer 29th Rifle Division
1932-02-XX 1934-12-XX Commanding Officer 5th Rifle Division
1934-12-XX 1937-11-XX Commanding Officer 29th Rifle Division
1937-11-XX 1938-01-XX Commanding Officer V Rifle Corps
1938-01-XX 1938-07-15 Deputy Commander in Chief Kharkov Military District
1938-07-15 1941-06-22 Commander in Chief Ural Military District
1941-06-22 1941-08-28 Commanding Officer 22nd Army
1941-09-11 1941-10-20 Commanding Officer 20th Army
1941-10-20 1942-07-XX Prisoner of War
1942-07-XX Died in Prison Camp
Picture source: Courtesy of Ilya Mukhin


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