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Famous People of the World Wars
Can you name famous statesmen, soldiers, activists and other people who caused, influenced and fought during the First and Second World War?
Last updated: April 11, 2021
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World War I
The last Russian Emperor who approved Russia’s entry into the World War I.
The last German Emperor who formed a key alliance with Austria-Hungary.
Leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
US President who took America into the war against Germany in 1917.
A Prussian general who led the Germany army in the Battle of Tannenburg.
Paul von Hindenburg
Bosnian Serb who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife.
British officer posted to the Middle East who played a key role in fomenting the Arabs to revolt against the Ottoman Empire.
T. E. Lawrence
Commander in Chief of American forces in Europe in World War I.
John J. Pershing
Dutch exotic dancer who was a lover to French, German and Russian army officers.
French Prime Minister from 1917-1920.
German general who achieved major success at Liege and Tannenburg.
Prime Minister of the UK from 1916 to the end of the World War I.
David Lloyd George
The hero of Verdun and French general who was promoted to Marshal of France.
Turkish general responsible for holding off the Allies at Gallipoli during 1915.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
British Secretary of State in 1914, who played a crucial role in raising a large volunteer army in Britain.
German pilot known as the ‘Red Baron’ who is credited with 80 air combat victories.
Manfred Von Richthofen
World War II
Dictator of Nazi Germany from 1933-45.
Prime Minister of the UK who speeches helped to bolster morale during the difficult years of 1940 and 1941.
US President who declared war on both Japan and Germany after Pearl Harbor.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Leader and dictator of the Soviet Union who signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler in 1939.
US President who approved the atomic bombs to be dropped on Japan.
Fascist dictator of Italy.
General who was a symbol of the French resistance in World War II.
Charles de Gaulle
British Prime Minister who led Great Britain into war with Germany after the invasion of Poland.
Leader of the Yugoslavian resistance in World War II.
Josip Broz Tito
Emperor and the official Head of State of Japan during the 1930s.
Japanese General responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Emperor of Ethiopia who helped resisting the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the 1930s.
General in US Army, who was Supreme Allied Commander for the D-Day invasion.
US Commander who fought in Africa, Sicily and in the Battle of the Bulge.
George S. Patton
German commander during the invasion of France (1940) and who achieved striking victories in North Africa war.
General who led British divisions during Operation Overlord and the liberation of occupied Europe.
German officer promoted to Field Marshall, commanding the army in the Battle of Stalingrad.
German General Field Marshall, taking an active role in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Kursk.
Erich von Manstein
Japanese Commander responsible for the naval actions at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.
Russian Commander played a decisive role in the Battle of Kursk and the final Battle for Berlin.
Nazi Minister of Propaganda.
Nazi, who founded the Gestapo in 1933 and who was made Commander of the Luftwaffe.
Member of the Nazi who set up the SS and the system of extermination camps used in the Holocaust.
American physicist who worked on the development of the Atomic bomb.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Italian-American film producer during WWII who joined the US Army Corps and produced propaganda films such as “Why we serve”.
Young Jewish diarist whose family were forced into hiding from the Nazis.
An ethnic German who joined the Nazi party to protect over 1,000 Jews who were employed in his factory.
Head of RAF Operation Bomber Command 1942-45.
Russian sniper who killed 225 enemy soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad.
German officer who led the unsuccessful July 1944 bomb plot against Hitler.
Claus von Stauffenberg
British spy who was parachuted into France and worked for the French underground. She was awarded George Cross and Legion d’honneur.
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