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World War II: Leaders & People

Leading a Global War

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World War II: Leaders & People

Fleet Admiral William "Bull" Halsey

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Leaders & People of World War II

Fought on a global scale, World War II required the rapid expansion of armies and navies to meet the threat posed by the enemy. While the major combatants all possessed a core of professional officers and soldiers, these were soon supplemented by large numbers of volunteers and conscripts with over 100 million mobilized by war's end. As the fighting raged, less effective leaders were weeded out and replaced with those capable of achieving victory. Many of these successful soldiers and sailors became household names and would later play key roles in the postwar world.

Allies

  • Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander - Great Britain - British Army

  • General Henry "Hap" Arnold - United States - US Army Air Forces

  • Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader - Great Britain - Royal Air Force

  • Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington - United States - US Marine Corps

  • General Omar Bradley - United States - US Army

  • Admiral of the Fleet Sir Andrew Cunningham - Great Britain - Royal Navy

  • Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. - United States - US Army Air Forces

  • General Jimmy Doolittle - United States - US Army Air Forces

  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding - Great Britain - Royal Air Force

  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower - United States - US Army

  • Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher - United States - US Navy

  • Lieutenant General James M. Gavin - United States - US Army

  • Fleet Admiral William "Bull" Halsey - United States - US Navy

  • Marshal Arthur "Bomber" Harris - Great Britain - Royal Air Force

  • Air Vice Marshal James "Johnnie" Johnson - Great Britain - Royal Air Force

  • Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid - United States - US Navy

  • General Curtis E. LeMay - United States - US Army Air Forces

  • General Douglas MacArthur - United States - US Army

  • General George C. Marshall - United States - US Army

  • Major Thomas McGuire - United States - US Army Air Forces

  • >Admiral Marc A. Mitscher - United States - US Navy

  • Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery - Great Britain - British Army

  • First Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy - United States - US Army

  • Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz - United States - US Navy

  • General George S. Patton - United States - US Army

  • Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay - Great Britain - Royal Navy

  • General Matthew Ridgway - United States - US Army

  • General Carl A. Spaatz - United States - US Army Air Forces

  • Admiral Raymond A. Spruance - United States - US Navy

  • Marshal Georgy Zhukov - Soviet Union - Red Army

    Axis

  • Colonel General Ludwig Beck - Germany - Wehrmacht

  • Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz - Germany - Kriegsmarine

  • Colonel General Heinz Guderian - Germany - Wehrmacht

  • Major Erich Hartmann - Germany - Luftwaffe

  • Field Marshal Walter Model - Germany - Wehrmacht

  • Colonel Werner Mölders - Germany- Luftwaffe

  • Field Marshall Erwin Rommel - Germany - Wehrmacht

  • Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt - Germany - Wehrmacht

  • Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny - Germany - SS

  • Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto - Japan - Imperial Japanese Navy

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