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 28115 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 General Ruggero Santini

Santini, Ruggero


* 16th of April 1870

† 4th of April 1958

Flag for Italy


1918-02-XX Brigadier-General
1928-03-01 Major-General
1932-12-06 Lieutenant-General
1936-04-15 General


1916-11-05 1917-01-XX Intendant, 2nd Army
1917-01-XX 1918-02-XX Intendant, Carnia Zone
1918-02-XX 1918-12-XX Commanding Officer Brigade "Lecce"
1918-12-XX 1919-XX-XX Chief of Staff, XXIII Corps
1919-XX-XX 1921-XX-XX Intendant, Italian Forces in Albania
1921-03-31 1924-05-15 Commanding Officer Brigade "Friuli"
1924-05-15 1927-03-XX Chief of Organization & Mobilization Section, Army General Staff
1927-XX-XX 1928-XX-XX Commanding Officer 6th Infantry Brigade
1928-11-XX 1932-11-XX General Officer Commanding Milano Territorial Division
1932-12-XX 1935-05-XX General Officer Commanding Milano Corps
1935-05-XX 1936-XX-XX General Officer Commanding I Corps [East Africa]
1936-XX-XX 1937-XX-XX Governor of Italian Somiland
1936-06-02 1938-07-27 General Officer Commanding Somalia
1939-04-17 1941-04-16 Vice-President of the Commission of the Affairs of Italian Africa, Senate
1941-04-14 1943-08-05 Member of the Commission for the Armed Forces, Senate
Picture source: Courtesy of Valdis Kursietis


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