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 23779 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  Yang Botao

Yang Botao


* 19th of April 1909

† 20th of January 2002


(Yang Po-tao)

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1937-XX-XX 1938-XX-XX Staff Officer 18th Army
1938-XX-XX 1939-XX-XX Chief of Staff Section 11th Division, 18th Army
1939-XX-XX 1941-XX-XX Commanding Officer 553rd Regiment, 185th Division, 94th Army
1941-XX-XX 1943-XX-XX Chief of Staff 185th Division, 94th Army
1941-XX-XX 1943-XX-XX Chief of Staff Enshi Garrison Headquarters
1943-01-XX 1943-07-XX Chief of Staff 86th Army
1943-07-XX 1945-01-XX Head of Command Department, 6th War Area
1945-01-XX 1946-05-XX Commanding Officer 11th Division, 18th Army
1946-05-XX 1948-03-XX Commanding Officer 11th Brigade, 18th Division
1948-03-XX 1948-09-XX Deputy Commanding Officer 11th Division
1948-09-XX 1948-12-15 Commanding Officer 18th Army
1948-12-15 Captured by the People's Liberation Army
1948-12-15 1959-12-04 Imprisoned
1959-12-04 Released
Picture source: Courtesy of Tom Chan


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