The Biographical Dictionary of World War II Generals and Flag Officers: The U.S. Armed Forces

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The enormous popularity of all aspects of World War II over the last half century has produced thousands of books but no single collection of biographies of American military and naval leaders during the war. This is the first definitive book containing biographical material on all of our country's generals and flag officers who served any active duty from December 7, 1941 to September 2, 1945. It includes general officers of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the National Guard, and the U.S. Marine Corps and flag officers of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to regular officers, it includes officers called to active duty from the Reserves, officers brought from retirement to temporary active duty, and officers promoted to high rank directly from civilian life.

As the first and only definitive collection of all American generals and flag officers who served in World War II, the book will be a useful resource for both librarians and those interested in World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Compilers Ancell and Miller present almost 2,400 biographical entries that represent, they believe, 99 percent of US generals and flag officers of WWII . . . this work will be of value in collections emphasizing history or biography of the US, military, or WWII."



"[A] useful complement in public and academic libraries to the standard military biographical dictionaries."


Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"An essential book of World War II buffs, military history readers and writers, wargamers, students, and researchers."

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Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Provides a biographical synopsis for all of the general and flag officers who served the US on any active duty from December 7, 1941 to September 2, 1945. Includes general officers of the US Army, the US Air Force, the National Guard, and the US Marine Corps and flag officers of the US Navy and the US Coast Guard. Officers includes those called to active duty from the Reserves, those brought from retirement to temporary active duty, and those promoted to high rank directly from civilian life. Appendices include a summary of birthplaces and dates and officers who died during WWII. Includes an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313295461
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/18/1996
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. MANNING ANCELL, a former magazine publisher and broadcast journalist, is now an independent researcher and free-lance writer.

CHRISTINE M. MILLER, formerly a director of admissions and professor, is now a free-lance writer.

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Table of Contents



The United States Army

The United States Army Air Force

National Guard of the United States

The United States Navy

The United States Marine Corps

The United States Coast Guard

Appendix 1: Summary of Birthplaces and Birthdates

Appendix 2: Officers Who Died During World War II


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