D-Day Who's Who


On D-Day, June 6 1944, eleven divisions from the American, British and Canadian armies invaded Normandy. During the day, the troops faced a defense force of four divisions from German Army Group B. The following list may help to 'put a face to the names' of the 20-or-so commanders whose troops saw action on D-Day.



Part 1 : The Allied Army Commanders


General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Supreme Commander S.H.A.E.F.

AKA: Ike


Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery

Commander-in-Chief British 21st Army Group

AKA: Monty


General Omar Nelson Bradley

Commander U.S. First Army

AKA: Brad


General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey

Commander-in-Chief British 2nd Army

AKA: Lucky


General Henry Duncan Graham Crerar

Commander Canadian 1st Army

AKA: Harry



Part 2 : The Allied Army Corps Commanders



General Joseph Lawton Collins

Commander U.S. VII Corps, Utah Sector

AKA: Lightning Joe


General Leonard T. Gerow

Commander U.S. V Corps, Omaha Sector


Major General Gerard Corfield Bucknall

Commander British XXX Corps, Gold Sector

AKA: Gerry


General Sir John Tredinnick Crocker

Commander British I Corps, Juno and Sword Sectors

AKA: Honest John



Part 3 : The Allied Army Divisional Commanders


Major General Raymond Oscar Barton

Commander U.S. 4th Infantry Division, Utah Beach

AKA: Tubby


Brigadier General Jay W. MacKelvie

Commander U.S. 90th Infantry Division, Utah Beach


Major General Matthew Bunker Ridgway

Commander U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, Zones T, O and N (West of Sainte-Mère-Eglise)

AKA: Old Iron Tits


Major General Maxwell Taylor

Commander U.S. 101st Airborne Division, Zones A, C and D (North of Carentan)

AKA: Max


Lieutenant General Clarence R. HuebnerCommander U.S. 1st Infantry Division, Omaha Beach


Major General Charles H. Gerhardt

Commander U.S. 29th Infantry Division, Omaha Beach

AKA: Uncle Charlie


Major General Douglas Alexander Henry Graham

General Officer Commanding British 50th Infantry Division, Gold Beach


Major General Rodney Frederick Leopold Keller

General Officer Commanding 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Juno Beach

AKA: Rod


Major General Thomas Gordon Rennie

General Officer Commanding British 3rd Infantry Division, Sword Beach

AKA: Tom


Major General Sir Richard Nelson Gale

General Officer Commanding British 6th Airborne Division, Ouistreham Area

AKA: Windy Gale


Major General Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart

General Officer Commanding British 79th Armoured Division, All Sectors

AKA: Hobo



Part 4 : The German Army Commanders


Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal) Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt

Oberbefehlshaber (Commander-in-Chief) West


Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal) Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel

Oberbefehlshaber (Commander-in-Chief) German Army Group West


Generaloberst (Commander-in-Chief) Friedrich Karl Albert Dollmann

Oberbefehlshaber (Commander-in-Chief) German 7th Army


General Erich Marcks

Commander German LXXXIV Corps


Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) Dietrich Kraiss

Commander, German 352nd Infantry Division, Omaha Sector


Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben

Commander, German 709th Static Infantry Division, Utah Sector


Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) Wilhelm Richter

Commander, German 716th Static Infantry Division, Commonwealth Sector


Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General) Edgar Feuchtinger

Commander, German 21st Panzer Division



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