Best Leaders of World War II

It's both political and military leaders

It's based on their leadership .Not by their humanities .

The Top Ten Best Leaders of World War II

1 Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.

I wrote about him. Along with other people and battles. If any of you are interested the book is called “The Attack of the Nazis”. No one? Ok, then try to prove me wrong.

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Say what you will about him but without him, Britain would have surrendered and we would all be speaking German.

Without him all of Europe perhaps all the world would fall under the reign of the Nazi Jack boot and western civilization as we know it may ceased to exist

2 Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events ...read more.

He helped America get through the depression(even though that was before World War 2). - DarkBoi-X

It's hard between Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosvelt but I had to pick Franklin

Yeah. Sure. Just gave away half of Europe to communist tyranny at Yalta and Potsdam. Great guy.

If he didn't, we could have possibly been dragged into the Cold War with them. Roosevelt and Stalin became friends and war was not in the future. But then, the overly conservative democrat Truman took office, and dissed the Soviets. And when he dropped the bombs on Japan, it started a nuclear race with Russia and the Cold War. There were many options, and it didn't get the Japanese to surrender. It just left another bombed city, like Tokyo accept it was with one bomb. The Russian advance scared the Japanese, and the bombs diminish the credit of all the soldiers in the Pacific. Also, Japan was ready to surrender if they let them keep the emperor. And the emperor had no power, he was just like the Queen. But no, they wanted the Japanese to be humiliated and raged on with the war. - SoldierOfFortune

3 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

He wasn't a good guy. I know, but he was able to push back Nazis and Hitler. Which was important in that time. And like I said in the description, its based on their leadership. Not humanity. - zxm

Paranoid-schizophrenic mass murderer. Currently barking in Hell.

He is not a good guy, he is the second most evil leader according to deaths he is responsible for, leaving Hitler in 3d - fortnike9

The Iron Ruler

4 General George S. Patton George Smith Patton Jr. was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

George S. Patton was in charge of the first motorized American attack, he also led the first American tank attack which led to the Allied victory in World War I, and in World War II he led America and the Allies to victory in Africa and Europe.So he should be at number 1.

Some call him the greatest General of all time. I heard he was quite tough. - zxm

5 Erwin Rommel (The Desert Fox) Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, popularly known as the Desert Fox, was a German field marshal of World War II. He worked under Adolf Hitler's Third Reich as a leading general and gained fame from his battles in North Africa.

Not only was he a great general but also one with morals as even though he was close with Hitler, he disobeyed many Nazi orders(E.G: Killing POWS). - DarkBoi-X

One of my favourite German Commanders during the Second World War. His Tactics were genius! He had not commit any war crimes and rumored to have buried dead officers of opponents with military honors.

He was a Field Marshal in world war II. And he did lead a very large division in the North Africa - zxm

6 General Dwight D. Eisenhower
7 General Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American Field Marshall and Five-Star General. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930's and played a significant role in the World War II Pacific Theatre. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines ...read more.
8 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September ...read more.

How did his "best" leadership work out? It was easy when he caught countries by surprise and completely unprepared. A different story once his opponents recognized the circumstances and organized to hit back. Led Germany to what end? - Billyv

@Billyv, I know his leadership didn't turn very good. But he united many people of his country and was able to conquer many countries of Europe in less than 5-6 years. And that was a tough think to do. And for this reason I put him on number 1. His work before World War II is connected to World War II. - zxm

The "best leader" accomplishes more positive sustained results without adding severe detriments which overwhelm and destroy any good that's achieved. I clearly did not say that Hitler was not a "leader", so I don't understand your reply other than that it seems you're not open to a balanced discussion of the topic.

. You are entitled to your opinion and can have the final word here; I'm not compelled to try to convince you otherwise or "prove" to you that my point is valid, sorry if my previous explanation wasn't clear enough or worth the time of your consideration. - Billyv

He was stupid. If he wasn't a racist and actually fought with Japan, they could've won the damn war. - SoldierOfFortune

Definitely better than Stalin.

9 Georgy Zhukov

Defended the city of Stalingrad until the counterattack began which saw the Wehrmacht(German army), Romanian army and Hungarian army encircled and brought to their knees. - DarkBoi-X

The man who led the counterattack against the German forces at the Battle Of Stalingrad and made Kursk a "fortress city".
He was also the only one who could stand up to Stalin without getting killed and also helped get rid off Lavrentiy Beria, the head of the NKVD and one of Stalin's cronies. - DarkBoi-X

10 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

The atom bombs were necessary. A full scale invasion of the Japanese mainland would not result in the deaths of soldiers but also even more civilians.
Also we can't forget that Japan committed war crimes that even the Nazis(Their own ally) were disgusted by. - DarkBoi-X

Most Overrated president ever - SoldierOfFortune

Boo - SoldierOfFortune

I don't see what's wrong with him. - TeamRocket747

The Contenders

11 Erich von Manstein

Why isn't he in the top? Manstein is the best damn Field Marshal in all of the World War II. Not one general can ever match him with his master strategies and tactics. Even Zhukov himself feared him.

12 Chiang Kai-shek
13 Josip Broz Tito

The leader of the Yugoslav partisans, despite starting out small at first and not only having to fight the Axis forces in the Balkans(German, Italian, Bulgarian and Hungarian soldiers) but also had to fight against Chetniks who were Monarchists. Nonetheless Tito managed to win and create one of the few places were Socialism could work and a country that unified the people groups(Until the 80's after he died). - DarkBoi-X

Tito led what was arguably the most effective and successful partisan movement in occupied Europe. By the time the Soviets arrived in 1944 Tito's forces by themselves had already liberated about half of Yugoslavia.

Withaut him oiur country would be nothing. What he did was something great and unimagible at the time. He was just a man like us all so he did mistakes but done a lot of good.

14 John Curtin
15 Benito Mussolini Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until he was ousted in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. ...read more.
16 Risto Ryti

Ryti was president of Finland from 1940 to 1944 and led Finland through a dangerous period when it risked invasion from the Soviet Union. He succesfully united the parties of Finland behind him and walked the tightrope that allowed Finland to accept an element of German military protection without being turned into a Nazi-controlled state.

17 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. ...read more.
18 George Marshall
19 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
20 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

Commanded the Finnish army during the Winter War and Continuation War in which he held off the Soviet attacks and defended Finland - DarkBoi-X

Respected by Stalin and Hitler.

21 Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito)
22 Hideki Tojo Hideki Tōjō was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941, to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor, ...read more.

Tojo was Japan's Prime Minister during most of WWII and the one who gave the order for the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor, as well as numerous other war crimes. Tojo was found guilty after the war and was executed by hanging on December 23, 1948.

23 Haakon VII of Norway
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