VOTE The Most Influential People of the Second World War  

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The Second World War was by far the biggest war in human history. A lot of people participated in this total war. Which people are the most important?

1
1,135 448
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 56 (1889-1945) - Axis

2
692 342
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 75 (1878-1953) - Allied

3
739 389
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965) - Allied

4
571 303
Erwin Rommel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 53 (1891-1944) - Axis*

5
399 222
Heinrich Himmler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
dee2too added Dec. at 45 (1900-1945)

6
500 303
Josip Broz Tito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Dec. at 88 (1892-1980) - Allied

7
325 175
Hermann Göring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Clark Benson added Died at 53 (1893-1946) - Axis

8
373 222
Erich von Manstein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 86 (1887-1973)

9
312 175
Hideki Tōjō is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 64 (1884-1948) - Axis

10
351 208
Isoroku Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 59 (1884-1943) - Axis

11
229 111
Hirohito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 88 (1901-1989) - Axis

12
423 269
George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Clark Benson added Dec. at 60 (1885-1945) - Allied

13
323 191
Heinz Guderian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 66 (1888-1954)

14
343 213
Georgy Zhukov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 78 (1896-1974) - Allied

15
184 89
Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Dec. at 77 (1894-1971) - Allied

16
219 120
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 84 (1867-1951)

17
200 104
Kirill Meretskov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 71 (1897-1968) - Allied

18
192 99
Karl Dönitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 89 (1891-1980) - Axis

19
256 158
Ivan Konev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 77 (1896-1973) - Allied

20
201 110
Walter Model is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 54 (1891-1945) - Axis. Great defensive strategist.

21
199 110
Albert Kesselring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 75 (1885-1960) - Axis. Very skilled general in the German air force.

22
203 115
Gerd von Rundstedt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 78 (1875-1953) - Axis. General, who served at Eastern and Western front from the beginning to the end of the war.

23
156 74
Hermann Hoth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 86 (1885-1971) - Axis

24
263 173
Konstantin Rokossovsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 72 (1896-1968)

25
166 86
Günther von Kluge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 62 (1882-1944) - Axis

26
482 374
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969) - Allied

27
175 98
Erich Raeder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 84 (1876-1960) - Axis. Chief of the German navy during the first half of the war.

28
179 104
Fedor von Bock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 65 (1880-1945) - Axis. Although he despised National Socialism cause of his aristocratic descent he was a great German patriot, who lectured his soldiers about the honor of dying for their country.

29
459 365
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945) - Allied

30
243 166
Joseph Goebbels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 48 (1897-1945) - Axis

31
261 183
Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 62 (1883-1945) - Axis

32
163 92
Albert Speer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Dec. at 76 (1905-1981) - Axis

33
157 90
Chūichi Nagumo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 57 (1887-1944) - Axis

34
180 112
Gotthard Heinrici is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 85 (1886-1971) - Axis. Good defensive strategist and chivalrous colonel general.

35
119 55
Josef Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Dec. at 74 (1892-1966) - Axis

36
149 84
Reinhard Heydrich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 38 (1904-1942)

37
211 146
Aleksandr Vasilevsky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 82 (1895-1977) - Allied

38
169 106
Mikhail Kirponos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 49 (1892-1941) - Allied

39
130 69
Erich Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 71 (1922-1993) - Axis. Most successful fighter pilot ever. (352 air victories)

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128 69
Hans-Ulrich Rudel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 66 (1916-1982) - Axis. Highest decorated German serviceman of the war.

41
373 311
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972) - Allied

42
160 102
Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 73 (1881-1954) - Axis. Brave and noble German general.

43
116 59
Simo Häyhä is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Baloskin added Dec. at 97 (1905-2002)

44
112 56
Martin Bormann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 45 (1900-1945)

45
122 66
Christian X of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 77 (1870-1947) - Allied

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111 56
Michael Wittmann is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 30 (1914-1944) - Axis. Very keen and successful tank commander. Destroyed 138 enemy tanks.

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119 64
Fumimaro Konoe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 54 (1891-1945)

48
109 55
Günther Prien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 33 (1908-1941) - Axis. Most famous submarine commander ever. With his sub U-47 he sunk the British battleship Royal Oak at anchorage in Scapa Flow.

49
110 56
Otto Kretschmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 86 (1912-1998) - Axis. Most successful submarine commander. Sunk 47 ships with a tonnage of 274.000 tons.

50
117 63
Géza Lakatos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 77 (1890-1967) - Axis