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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Douglas MacArthur was a notable warrior who played a striking role in Pacific War during the World war 2 which further climaxed in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombing, thus compelling Japan to surrender. For his outstanding service in Philippines Campaign, General MacArthur was awarded the Medal of Honor. Apart from serving as the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he had also served as the Military Advisor to the Commonwealth Government of Philippines.
An essential cornerstone of the World war 2, General D. Eisenhower was the supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, who played a major role in washing away the Nazi Germany. After the end of World War 2, he was elected as the first supreme commander of NATO and later became the 34th President of the United States of America. After living a prestigious and esteemed life, this prominent figure of war and politics finally departed to heaven on March 28, 1969.
Respected by both his own troops and opponents for being a generous officer, Erwin Rommel was a German Field Marshal during World War 2 who commanded the German forces fighting against the Allied Forces during Normandy invasion. Counted among one of the most experienced commanders of desert warfare, General Rommel was popularly known by his nickname “Desert Fox”. Throughout service, he was never accused of war crimes, and furthermore, he was against to kill captured soldiers or civilians.
And here comes the most brilliant General of of World War 2. A man of colorful characteristics and a master of an unexplained brand of eloquence, General Patton was widely known for his fearless, unorthodox and cheering image among his friends as well as in vast list of enemies. Under his skilled leadership, the U.S. Third Army captured enemies and emancipated territories in less time than any other army in military history. Nicknamed “the crazy cowboy general” by Adolf Hitler, General Patton has been also portrayed in an epic Academy Award winning movie “Patton“.