During the historical timeline of World War 2, we witnessed Generals either leading their boys to a top-notch position or sending them to a straightforward downfall. TopYaps lists top 10 famous Generals of World War 2 who earned more and more notability with each victory. These historical icons will be always remembered for playing an instrumental role in warfare as well as for demonstrating extreme level of fearlessness.
10. Isoroku Yamamoto:Best known for being the mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack, Isoroku Yamamoto was an eminent Naval Marshal General of Japan who introduced some radical changes in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Born on April 4, 1884, in Niigata, Japan, Isoroku Yamamoto completed his graduation from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1904 and was also enrolled in Harvard University where he studied from 1919 to 1921. He died on April 18, 1943, when his aircraft crashed in an ambush by American fighter planes.
9. Erich von Manstein:Considered as one of the best military strategists in history of Germany, Erich von Manstein attained the rank of Field Marshal during the World War 2 where in his successful leadership, German armed forces achieved victory in the battles of Sevastopol, Kerch, Perekop Isthmus and Kharkov. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, he was arrested by British troops on August 23, 1945. After finishing his imprisonment in 1953, he joined the West German Government as a military advisor. As a historical investigator, he wrote a book – Verlorene Siege (Lost Victories), depicting his own experiences and ideas as they appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.
8. Omar Bradley:Widely known for his polite and courteous nature, Omar Bradely was a notable American General of World War 2 who significantly contributed in Normandy Landing as well as in the Battle of Bulge. From childhood, he had a great passion in baseball, books and shooting. In mainstream American media, Omar Bradely has been characterized as a gentleman General who never demonstrated his power and authoritative abilities on officers and soldiers working under his leadership. He departed our dimension on April 8, 1991, in New York City.
7. Henry Arnold:Born to a prominent family of Pennsylvania, Henry H. Arnold is widely known for holding the ranks of General of the Army and later General of the Air Force. One of the first military pilots worldwide, Arnold, till the date, is the only Air Force General to hold five-star rank on uniform. In his outstanding leadership, United States Air Force achieved some remarkable victories against the axis forces.
6. Georgy Zhukov:One of the most celebrated General in the history of Russian Empire, Soviet Union and the Russian federation, George Zhukov played a crucial role in leading the Red Army during the World War 2 and conquering Germany’s capital, Berlin. He was born on December 1, 1896, in a poor family and later went to Moscow to work as a cloakmaker. Notable for depicting the “never give up” attitude, General Zhukov is still remembered for his stringency, tough discipline and detailed planning.
5. Bernard Montgomery:
Best known by his nickname “Spartan General,” Bernard Montgomery was an eminent officer of British Army, who just not only participated in the World War 1, but also played a significant role in World War 2, ensuring the victory of his 8th Army against the Allies in 1942. General Montgomery was the person, who, on May 4, 1945, accepted the surrender of German forces at Luneburg Heath. Winner of several prestigious awards, Montgomery took his last breath on March 24, 1976, at his home in Hampshire.