Top Ten Best World War II Generals

The Top Ten
1 George Patton

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.

Everyone thought Eisenhower was the best but it was Patton

2 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.

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.

He was the one who planned the invasion of France which pretty much ended it for France, at least for the time

3 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.

Did well holding off the Allies in Africa with limited resources and inferior troops, almost captured the Suez canal something the Italian army of 250,000 could not achieve

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.

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

4 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.

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

Born laeder and taction ploitision

5 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 ...read 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.

He won so many battles, possibly the most out of all the generals on this list

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

6 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.

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.

He was the best.

The greatest u.s general

7 Isoroku Yamamoto

He was such a great strategist

The Brain behind pearl harbor

8 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!

9 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 best one, God bless him

10 Omar Bradley
The Contenders
11 Wilhelm Keitel
12 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 ...read more.

He is the second best French General and I think we all know who is number 1

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

One of the few generals who tried to stop the German offensive in France and recognized the use of armour unlike Gamelin

13 Albert Kesselring

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

14 Alfred Jodl
15 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.

I think as a general he was very good

16 Henry Arnold
17 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.

18 Walter Model

One of the best "Defense General" in WW2

19 Chester W. Nimitz

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

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

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

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 Richard O'Connor

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

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.

23 Giovanni Messe
24 Italo Balbo
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.

Great general

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