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 28114 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 Army General Pavel Ivanovich Batov

Batov, Pavel Ivanovich

Army General

* 1st of June 1897

† 19th of April 1985

(Павел Иванович Батов)

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1937-08-08 Kombrig
1939-02-09 Komdiv
1940-06-04 Lieutenant-General
1944-06-29 Colonel-General
1955-03-11 Army General


1932-XX-XX 1935-XX-XX Commanding Officer 3rd Rifle Regiment
1936-XX-XX 1937-XX-XX Attending the Frunze Military Academy
1936-12-XX 1937-08-XX Military Adviser to Spain
1937-08-XX 1938-07-28 Commanding Officer X Rifle Corps
1938-07-28 1940-03-06 Commanding Officer III Rifle Corps, Poland-Finland
1940-03-06 1940-04-11 Commanding Officer Special Rifle Corps
1940-04-11 1941-06-19 Deputy Commander in Chief Transcaucasian Military District
1941-06-19 1941-08-14 Commanding Officer IX Rifle Corps
1941-08-XX 1941-11-02 Deputy Commanding Officer 51st Army
1941-11-02 1941-12-18 Commanding Officer 51st Army
1941-12-28 1942-02-11 Commanding Officer 3rd Army
1942-10-XX Deputy Commander in Chief Briansk Front
1942-10-14 1942-10-23 Commanding Officer 4th Tank Army
1942-10-22 1946-06-12 Commanding Officer 65th Army
1946-06-12 1946-10-XX Commanding Officer 7th Mechanised Army
1946-10-XX 1949-04-29 Commanding Officer 7th Special Tank Division
1949-04-XX 1950-03-XX Attending the Military Academy of the General Staff
1950-03-27 1954-06-08 Commanding Officer 11th Guards Army
1954-06-08 1955-03-12 First Deputy Commander in Chief Soviet Group of Forces in Germany
1955-03-12 1958-04-17 Commander in Chief Carpathian Military District
1958-04-17 1959-11-17 Commander in Chief Baltic Military District
1959-11-XX 1961-01-XX Senior Military Adviser to the Chinese People's Liberation Army
1961-01-XX 1961-08-XX Inspector-Counsellor, Group of Inspector-Generals, Ministry of Defence
1961-08-10 1962-09-05 Commander in Chief Southern Group of Forces
1962-09-05 1965-10-26 First Deputy Commander in Chief of the Warsaw Pact Forces
1962-09-05 1965-10-26 Chief of Staff, Warsaw Pact Forces
1962-09-XX 1965-10-XX First Deputy Chief of the General Staff
1965-10-XX 1970-XX-XX Inspector-Counsellor, Group of Inspector-Generals, Ministry of Defence
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Steen Ammentorp, Librarian DB., M.L.I.Sc.