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?

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1,132 447
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
692 341
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
739 388
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
571 301
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
399 221
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
500 301
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
325 174
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
373 221
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
311 175
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
351 207
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
229 110
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
423 268
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
323 190
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
343 212
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 88
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
219 119
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
200 103
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 98
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

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201 109
Walter Model is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Miroikus added Dec. at 54 (1891-1945) - Axis. Great defensive strategist.

20
256 157
Ivan Konev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 77 (1896-1973) - Allied

21
199 109
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
203 114
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 73
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
166 85
Günther von Kluge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 62 (1882-1944) - Axis

25
263 172
Konstantin Rokossovsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 72 (1896-1968)

26
482 373
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 97
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.

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179 103
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
243 165
Joseph Goebbels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 48 (1897-1945) - Axis

30
163 91
Albert Speer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
zxray added Dec. at 76 (1905-1981) - Axis

31
261 182
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
457 365
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945) - Allied

33
157 89
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

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180 111
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 54
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 83
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
211 145
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
169 105
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

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130 68
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 68
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
160 101
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
116 58
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
112 55
Martin Bormann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 45 (1900-1945)

44
372 311
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972) - Allied

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111 55
Michael Wittmann is listed (or ranked) 45 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 63
Fumimaro Konoe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
sebbzor added Dec. at 54 (1891-1945)

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122 66
Christian X of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential People of the Second World War
Spector404 added Dec. at 77 (1870-1947) - Allied

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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.

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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.

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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