Top Ten Best World War II Generals

The Top Ten
1 Erich von Manstein Fritz Erich Georg Eduard von Manstein (24 November 1887 – 9 June 1973) was a German commander of the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany's armed forces during the Second World War. He attained the rank of field marshal.

Manstein was a master of all phases of warfare, offense, defense, siege operations, and counteroffensive. The German invasion of France in 1940 was Manstein's plan. The Allies, particularly the Soviets were fortunate that Hitler sidelined him for the last year and a half of the war.

He should have towered over Rommel. He's the best German Field Marshal. No general could beat his tactics and brilliant forms of strategy. Zhukov himself feared his prowess in both of those fields. Hitler's interference ruined his momentum leading him to his downfall.

He masterminded many decisive victories for Germany and he was against mass killings unlike Hitler, Hitler then dismissed his best general. The Germans could conquer the world without Hitler interfering with the plans

After the fall of Stalingrad this man reversed the Red army' massive counter attack at Kharkov with a vicious backhanded blow from a brilliant strategic retreat. Beautiful.

2 Erwin Rommel 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.

Actually, he was one of the German military leaders in D-Day (but the Germans were tricked by the Allies into believing that they would attack at a different location) and contrary to popular belief, he wasn't directly involved in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. He was only guilty of not telling the German High Command about it when he learned of it as many of his friends were involved in the conspiracy.

Rommel was by far the greatest general of World War II with his humane treatment of his prisoners and his superb fighting skills. He was unlike many of the other German leaders.

He was one of the few German Generals who never came under bad influence of committing bad deeds at war. Rommel fought good fights, ripped orders from Hitler in regards of executing captured Jewish soldiers and POWs and treated prisoners politely unlike typical German soldiers who committed atrocities. Bless the Desert Fox.

Easily the greatest of the ww2 generals. It's shocking that Rokossovsky and Model don't find a place in the top 10. Montgomery for me is the most overrated general and shouldn't be in the top 10. His most notable role in the war was the failed attempt of marketgarden. Also, he allowed the Germans to escape from the falaise pocket. How is it even possible for Eisenhower and de Gaulle to sneak into the top 10.

"The desert fox". There was a reason he got the best nickname in the war, attributed not by the germans but his enemies.

3 George Patton

He held more military knowledge in his pinky than most other generals had in their whole body. Brilliant and hard as a rock. He's my choice

Not sure about overall #1 military WWII figure (ingnorant of Nazi and Russians as well the Allies) but he is my choice.

The fearless dual-pistol toting lunatic you never want to do battle against.

A Guy who saw through the dangers if the Russians. And a helluva general.

4 Georgy Zhukov Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1 December 1896 – 18 June 1974) was a Soviet general and Marshal of the Soviet Union. He also served as Chief of the General Staff, Minister of Defence, and was a member of the Presidium of the Communist Party (later Politburo). During the Second World War, Zhukov oversaw more.

Was a greatest commander during WW2. He was a person who saved Moscow from defeat. He commanded Western Front during battle of Rzhev and played a major role in taking over Rzhev, He and Vasilevsky made operation Uranus of encircling 9th army before the end of the war he was playing the major role in WW2 decisive battles. I don't know who the hell put Patton in the first place here lol

The Red Army was more responsible for the defeat of Germany than any other force. Marshall Zhukov was the man in charge.

When the Nazis go to sleep, they check under their beds for this guy.

Can't you see it. Zhukov won the war himself

5 Isoroku Yamamoto

The man responsible for pearl harbor.

6 Dwight Eisenhower Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.

Cool headed guy that had a lot of ego's to contend with but did a great job.

This man kept the magnificent egos in check. Being a libra allowed him to do this

7 Heinz Guderian

This guy was the main reason for german victory in northen europe and eastern front. He was the only german genral to criticize the hitler sadly later he was removed and fired. If hitler listened to him we might be learning different history.

The best general in Ww2. Dismisses because of saving his soldiers.

Father of the blitzkrieg

The builder of German panzer forces, the father of Blitzkrieg

8 Wilhelm Keitel
9 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 more.

Douglas Macarthur was the best general, hero of 3 war, his dedication for US and philippine allowed to win the war against Japan.He achieved remarkable success in the Pacific Theater (1941-45) despite his inadequate supplies and limited numbers of troops and ships. He is unmistakably the greatest american strategist

The great U.S. general that was fired.

The greatest u.s general

He was the best.

10 Albert Kesselring

He made the Gustav line around Rome protecting Northern Italy from the allies.

The Contenders
11 Alfred Jodl
12 Bernard Montgomery

He was able to maintain and rebuild an army when Britain stood alone against Germany et al, the Russians out of the picture, and no American army. That took more courage than any US general.

A great general, but only in his own mind.

He led lots of fights in Europe. The best!

13 Omar Bradley
14 Konstantin Rokossovsky

Played a Key role in both Moscow and Stalingrad, was responsible for the victory at Kursk and destroyed the Herresgruppe Mitte, in the to this day greatest defeat of german armed forces.

Fiery, aggressive, my type of general. Should be up there with Rommel.

The Man saved the Soviets. He was a serial winner.

The man behind the victory at Kursk and had the balls to tell Stalin that Operation Bagration needed two frontline strikes against German army group centre and not the Stalin favoured one, his reputation was sealed after he was proved right and he was promoted to Field Marshall

15 Charles De Gaulle Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the 18th President of France, a position he held until his resignation in 1969. He was the dominant figure of France during the Cold War era and his memory continues to influence French politics.

T his guy hid out in England until they were ready to enter Paris?

16 Henry Arnold
17 Chester W. Nimitz

Very smart in using the submarines to hold off the Japanese while the Navy was rebuilding.

He was commander of the pacific fleet. How is he not on the list?

If he is the one that won at Midway then he deserves to be on the list

18 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

Few could have done more with what they had. He used terrain to his advantage and made excellent use of ambush warfare. He was also good at organisation and wider strategy, for example by shifting his reserves from one front to another during The Winter War he was able to counter multiple different Soviet forces and defeat each in turn.

19 Walter Model
20 William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

A man who fought a powerful enemy with last of all the supplies and reflected on his mistakes made. He was able to beat the Japanese at their own game yet is very rarely mentioned.

The "Forgotten General" of the"Forgotten Army". Took over an army near Siam, and when he was removed from command, the troops rioted. He also fought the Japanese and Siamese out of Indochina and Siam.

21 Alan Brooke

Tactically excellent in battle of France.
Strategically excellent in the rest of the war.
Without him America would have persuaded Churchill to invade France by 1942 or 43
Allies loose ww2. Stalemate in Europe Adolph wins

22 Giovanni Messe
23 Richard O'Connor

He defeated 150,000 Italians with 30,000 men, got captured, was released and then returned to a corps command in Europe. A man who used combined arms to full effect.

He would have taken Italian north Africa had Churchill not pulled away his already small army, and he was beaten and captured by Rommel while outnumbered so not much of a minus there

24 Heinrich Himmler Heinrich Himmler was a German dictator, and a leading member of the Nazi party. Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust.
25 Fyodor Tolbukhin

Was the most skilled marshal of the Soviet Union, he was one of the only ones who actually accomplished favourably casualty rates and one of the only ones who won while being outnumbered. He defeated Balck, the most brilliant German commander and second best commander of the war, while being outnumbered.

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