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
1,136 449
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Died at 56 (1889-1945) - Axis

2
694 343
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
742 389
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
572 303
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
401 222
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
501 303
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
326 175
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
374 222
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
313 175
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
352 208
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
230 111
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
425 269
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
325 191
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
345 213
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
187 89
Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Died at 77 (1894-1971) - Allied

16
202 104
Kirill Meretskov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 71 (1897-1968) - Allied

17
220 120
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 84 (1867-1951)

18
193 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
258 158
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
202 110
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
200 110
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
204 115
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
157 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
265 173
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
167 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
485 375
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
176 99
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
180 105
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
461 365
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
245 166
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
263 183
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
164 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
158 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
181 112
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
151 84
Reinhard Heydrich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 38 (1904-1942)

36
120 55
Josef Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Dec. at 74 (1892-1966) - Axis

37
212 146
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
170 106
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
131 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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129 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
161 102
Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist is listed (or ranked) 41 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.

42
117 59
Simo Häyhä is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Baloskin added Dec. at 97 (1905-2002)

43
374 312
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972) - Allied

44
113 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
123 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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112 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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120 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
110 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.

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111 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
118 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