Senior Military Leaders Nicknames During WW2

Discussion in 'General' started by Drew5233, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I was ready the other day that General Montgomery was refered to by men in the BEF in 1940 as the 'Love' General due to him encouraging men to visit brothels whilst in France, even to the point I believe of having an official list of recommended 'clean' brothels to reduce the risk of SDI's as we know them today.

    This got me thinking earlier today what other nicknames Generals, Air Marshalls, Admirals and all other manor of leaders from all sides had and the reasons why they had the nicknames?

    Anyone?
     
  2. James Daly

    James Daly Senior Member

    I've just read a biography of Bomber Harris, cant think who its by. It describes how to his friends Harris was known as Bert, and to his Bomber crews he was Butch. It was only after the war when he received the freedom of High Wycombe, where the Mayor referred to him as 'Bomber Harris', that the tag stuck.

    Interesting, given how hes automatically referred to as Bomber nowadays.
     
  3. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Bimbo Dempsey (2 Army)
    Windy Gale (6 Abn Div)
    Jumbo Wilson (C-in-C Middle East)

    It's getting harder now...

    Ooh: Strafer Gott (8th Army, briefly)
     
  4. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Gort was referred to in the press as 'Tiger' Gort but apparently he was known amongst his officers by his public school nickname of 'Fat Boy'
     
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Lightning Joe Collins (US VII Corps on D-Day)
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Major General C.M.Barber of 15th Scottish Div was over 6 feet something tall so was nicknamed Tiny.
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Don't forget the reasons chaps ;)
     
  8. James Daly

    James Daly Senior Member

    Boy Browning... can't say I've ever heard why he was called Boy. Apparently later in life his wife Daphne du Maurier called him Moper due to his moods

    Mary Conningham... apparently as he was a New Zealander he was known as Maori, which evolved into Mary over time

    Shan Hackett... apparently when young his Irish nanny called him Sean instead of John, and the name stuck
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Air Chief Marshall Sir William Mitchell - Ginger Mitch to his colleagues.
    (Photo does not show the reason Andy but he had a certain colour of hair:p)

    Putney Vale Cemetery Sir William (Gore Sutherland) Mitchell Photo 1933.jpg
     
  10. yoller

    yoller Junior Member

    Major General Lashmer Whistler, commander of 3rd British Infantry Division for much of its campaign after D-Day, was nicknamed 'Bolo,' because he had fought with Allied forces against the Bolsheviks in Russia after the 1917 Revolution. Apparently, he had other nicknames, but these are not recorded.
     
  11. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie James Morshead, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED, KC of Tobruk fame was called Ali Baba and Ming the Merciless.

    Ali Baba (and his 20,000 thieves) by Lord Haw Haw and the Germans. His insistence on discipline and hard work brought him the nickname, 'Ming the Merciless' from his men, which in time became 'Ming'
     
  12. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Major General David Tennant Cowan, commander of 17th Indian Division had nickname "Punch", so-called because of his resemblance to the puppet character.

    Major General Thomas Wynford Rees, commander of 19th Indian Division was known as "Pete", to Welsh troops of his division as "The Docker", "General Sahib Bahadur" to indians and, probably the most famous, as "Napoleon" to all 14th Army.

    Lieutenant General Dudley Russell , commander of 8th Indian Division, was comonly known as "The Pasha".

    Major General Dermot Frederick Warren, commander of 161st Indian Brigade at Kohima and latter of 5th Indian Division until his death, had three nicknames: "Bunny" (because of red heir), "Daddy" (among his troops) and "Freddie".

    Lieutenant General Francis Ivan Simms Tuker, commander of 4th Indian Division had nickname "Gertie".

    Lieutenant General Harold Rawdon Briggs, commander of 5th Indian division, was known as "Briggo".
     
  13. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    FeldMarschall Albert Kesselring was "Smiling Albert"

    Colonel General Gotthard Heinrici was known as "Our tough little B*stard"

    SS Obergruppenfuhrer Theodor Eicke was known as "Papa Eicke" because of his popularity with his troops.

    General Feldmarschall Fedor Von Bock was know as "the Holy Fire of Kustrin" due to his volatile nature.
     
  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    FeldMarschall Albert Kesselring was "Smiling Albert"

    Colonel General Gotthard Heinrici was known as "Our tough little B*stard"

    SS Obergruppenfuhrer Theodor Eicke was known as "Papa Eicke" because of his popularity with his troops.

    General Feldmarschall Fedor Von Bock was know as "the Holy Fire of Kustrin" due to his volatile nature.

    I wondered when some Axis chaps would get mentioned....Do you know why they were called those names? I think I can figure out Kesselring's ----> :D
     
  15. Johnny Curedents

    Johnny Curedents Junior Member

    MacArthur was known as "Dugout Doug." He had a penchant for showing up late to battle, always with a photographer nearby, but just in time to claim the glory. (See Max Hastings' book Retribution
     
  16. Pike

    Pike Senior Member

    Herman Goering had a few,according to German sources,

    Meyer.....from his boasts relating to....Call me Meyer...if Allied aircraft bomb Berlin.
    Fatty......disrespectful term used because of his his considered war time failures.
     
  17. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I wondered when some Axis chaps would get mentioned....Do you know why they were called those names? I think I can figure out Kesselring's ----> :D
    Heinrici's nickname came from his troops. They said he only retreated when the air had turned to lead and only then after some thought! :lol:
     
  18. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Lt. Gen HORROCKS Commander XXX Corps.
    Nickname JORROCKS; after his pre-war fox-hunting days.
    Rob

    [​IMG]
    Lieutenant-General Horrocks, March 1945
     
  19. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Lt. Gen. Eedson Louis Millard ‘Tommy’ Burns was known by the troops as "Smiling Sunray" because he was so deadly serious about everything and loath to laugh about anything according to Horn and Wyzcynski in their work on him called Canada's Intellectual General.
     
  20. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    I wondered when some Axis chaps would get mentioned....Do you know why they were called those names? I think I can figure out Kesselring's ----> :D

    Fast Heinz - Guderian - For his sucsess in commanding the Blizkreig.
    Papa - Hausser - After retirement from the regular Army, he became the "father" (thus the nickname “Papa”) of the Waffen SS.


    Heinz Wilhelm Guderian 17 June 1888 - 14 May 1954 (aged 65) [​IMG] Paul (Papa) Hausser [​IMG]


    Nickname - Schneller Heinz

    Rob
     

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