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British Military Leaders, 1939-1945  

British Army

Field Marshal Harold Alexander: GOC Burma, CinC Middle East, Cinc Mediterranean
Lieutenant General Kenneth Anderson: 1st Army, 2nd Army
Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck: NE Expeditionary Force, 8th Army, CinC India, CinC Middle East
Field Marshal Alan Brooke: CIGS, CinC Home Forces
Lieutenant General Alan Cunningham: CinC East Africa, 8th Army
Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey: 2nd Army


Field Marshal John Dill: CIGS
General Harold Franklyn: CinC Home Forces
General George Giffard: 11th Army Group
Field Marshal Lord Gort: GOC BEF, CinC Gibraltar, CinC Malta
Lieutenant General T. J. Hutton: GOC Burma
Field Marshal William E. Ironside: CIGS, CinC Home Forces


Lieutenant General Oliver Leese: 8th Army, 11th Army Group, Allied Land Forcs Burma
Lieutenant General Richard L. McCreery: 8th Army
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery: 8th Army, 21st Army Group
Lieutenant General Richard O'Connor: GOC Western Desert Force
General Bernard Paget: CinC Home Forces, CinC Med
Lieutenant General Arthur Percival: GOC Malaya


General William Platt: CinC East Africa
Lieutenant General Neil Ritchie: 8th Army
General William Slim: 14th Army, Allied Ground Forces SE Asia
Field Marshal Archibald Wavell: CinC Middle East, CinC India, CinC ABDA
Field Marshal Henry Maitland Wilson: CinC Persia-Iraq, Cinc Middle East, CinC Mediterranean

Royal Air Force

Air Marshal Arthur Barratt: AOC France, Army Cooperation Command
Air Chief Marshal Frederick Bowhill: Coastal Command
Air Vice Marshal Harry Broadhurst: AOC Desert Air Force
Air Chief Marshal Henry Brooke-Popham: CinC Far East
Air Vice Marshal Arthur Coningham: GOC Desert Air Force, 1st Tactical Air Force
Air Chief Marshal William Sholto Douglas: Coastal Command, Fighter Command, AOC Mediterranean


Air Marshal Hugh Dowding: Fighter Command
Air Marshal Arthur Travers Harris: Bomber Command
Air Marshal Roderic Hill: Fighter Command
Air Chief Marshal Philip Joubert de la Ferte: Coastal Command
Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory: Fighter Command, Air CinC SHAEF
Air Marshal Arthur Longmore: AOC Middle East, Coastal Command


Air Marshal Edgar Ludlow-Hewitt: Bomber Command
Air Marshal Cyril Newall: Chief of Air Staff
Air Chief Marshal Keith Park: AOC Middle East, AOC Malta, AOC SE Asia
Air Chief Marshal Richard Peirse: Bomber Command, RAF ABDA, AOC SE Asia
Air Chief Marshal Charles Portal: Bomber Cmmand, Chief of Staff
Air Marshal John Slessor: Coastal Command


Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder: AOC Mediterranean, Deputy Commander SHAEF

Royal Navy

Admiral of the Fleet Andrew Browne Cunningham: CinC Mediterranean Fleet, First Sea Lord
Admiral John Henry Dacres Cunningham: Levant, CinC Mediterranean Fleet
Admiral Bruce Fraser: CinC Home Fleet, CinC East Indies Fleet, CinC Pacific Fleet
Admiral Max Horton: CinC Western Approaches
Vice Admiral Geoffrey Layton: CinC China Station, CinC Eastern Fleet
Admiral Louis Mountbatten: Supreme Allied Commander SE Asia


Admiral Tom Phillips: CinC Eastern Fleet
Admiral of the Fleet Alfred Dudley Pound: First Sea Lord
Vice Admiral Arthur Power: CinC East Indies Fleet
Admiral Bertram H. Ramsay: FOC Dover, Naval CinC SHAEF
Vice Admiral James Somerville: Force H, CinC Eastern Fleet
Vice Admiral J. C. Tovey: CinC Home Fleet


It's possible to endlessly argue which officers were the most competent, most successful, and/or most important to a nation's war effort. The selection of officers here is not intended to settle that debate. This is simply a representative sample of senior leaders of the armed forces who held some of the highest and most visible positions during the war.  

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