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The Most Influential People of the Second World War

Updated December 2, 2019 47.6k votes 3.4k voters 74.6k views187 items

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?

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    Kliment Voroshilov

    Dec. at 88 (1881-1969)
    Allied
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    190
    117

    Dmitry Pavlov

    Dec. at 44 (1897-1941)
    Allied
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    222
    144

    Joseph Goebbels

    Dec. at 48 (1897-1945)
    Axis
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    184
    116

    Rodion Malinovsky

    Dec. at 69 (1898-1967)
    Allied
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    170
    106

    Ivan Yefimovich Petrov

    Dec. at 62 (1896-1958)
    Allied
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    192
    128

    Walter Model

    Dec. at 54 (1891-1945)
    Axis. Great defensive strategist.
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    174
    114

    Pavel Rotmistrov

    Dec. at 81 (1901-1982)
    Allied
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    189
    128

    Albert Kesselring

    Dec. at 75 (1885-1960)
    Axis. Very skilled general in the German air force.
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    116

    Semyon Timoshenko

    Dec. at 75 (1895-1970)
    Allied
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    187
    127

    Gerd von Rundstedt

    Dec. at 78 (1875-1953)
    Axis. General, who served at Eastern and Western front from the beginning to the end of the war.
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    Wilhelm Franz Canaris ( Chief of the Abwehr )

    Wilhelm Franz Canaris (1 January 1887 – 9 April 1945) was a German admiral, and chief of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service, from 1935 to 1944. During theSecond World War, he was among the military officers involved in the clandestine opposition to Adolf Hitler and theNazi regime. He was executed in the Flossenbürg concentration camp for the act of high treason.
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    102

    Erich Raeder

    Dec. at 84 (1876-1960)
    Axis. Chief of the German navy during the first half of the war.
  • 38
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    95

    Hermann Hoth

    Dec. at 86 (1885-1971)
    Axis
  • 39
    151
    98

    Fyodor Kuznetsov

    Dec. at 63 (1898-1961)
    Allied
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    161
    107

    Albert Speer

    Dec. at 76 (1905-1981)
    Axis
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    117
    69

    Hans-Ulrich Rudel

    Dec. at 66 (1916-1982)
    Axis. Highest decorated German serviceman of the war.
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    119
    71

    Erich Hartmann

    Dec. at 71 (1922-1993)
    Axis. Most successful fighter pilot ever. (352 air victories)
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    Simo Häyhä

    Dec. at 97 (1905-2002)
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    102
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    Michael Wittmann

    Dec. at 30 (1914-1944)
    Axis. Very keen and successful tank commander. Destroyed 138 enemy tanks.
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    Christian X of Denmark

    Dec. at 77 (1870-1947)
    Allied
  • 46
    105
    62

    Martin Bormann

    Dec. at 45 (1900-1945)
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    143
    97

    Günther von Kluge

    Dec. at 62 (1882-1944)
    Axis
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    151
    106

    Fedor von Bock

    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.
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    175
    128

    Friedrich Paulus

    Dec. at 67 (1890-1957)
    Axis. The general who was responsible for the German defeat at Stalingrad.
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    110
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    Miklós Horthy

    Dec. at 89 (1868-1957)