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List of famous generals, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top generals in the world? This includes the most prominent generals, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also enjoy the most famous military surrenders in war history and this list of CEOs who served in the military. This list of notable generals is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic generals were born and what their nationality is. The great generals on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned generals.

This list includes American generals, like George Washington and Andrew Jackson, and other historical generals as well. These men have either led an army to victory or had a significant impact on the battlefield. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known generals to the lesser known generals of today, these are some of the best professionals in the general field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous generals ever?" and "What are the names of famous generals?" then you're in the right place.

George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Generals
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George Smith Patton, Jr. was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the Third United States Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1885-1945)

Birthplace: San Gabriel, California, United States of America

Nationality: France, United States of America

Schools: Virginia Military Institute, United States Military Academy, Command and General Staff College

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#2 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#2 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#26 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#24 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Generals
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Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. He implemented Congressional Reconstruction, often at odds with Lincoln's ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1822-1885)

Birthplace: Clermont County, Ohio, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Military Officer

Schools: United States Military Academy

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#4 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#94 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#15 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#33 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Generals
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George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories Westmoreland County, + more

Nationality: Kingdom of Great Britain, United States of America

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer Farmer, + more

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#1 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#43 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#2 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#8 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

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Erwin Rommel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Generals
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Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, popularly known as the Desert Fox, was a German field marshal of World War II. He earned the respect of both his own troops and his enemies. Rommel was a highly decorated officer in World War I and was awarded the Pour le Mérite for his exploits on the Italian Front. In ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1891-1944)

Birthplace: Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Profession: Soldier

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#80 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#5 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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Heinz Guderian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Generals
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Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was a German general during World War II, noted for his success as a leader of Panzer units in Poland, France and Russia. Guderian had pioneered motorized tactics in the pre-war army, while keeping himself well-informed about tank development in other armies. In particular, he ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1888-1954)

Birthplace: Chełmno, Poland

Nationality: Germany

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#12 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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Paul von Hindenburg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Generals
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Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, known universally as Paul von Hindenburg was a Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, and served as the second President of Germany. Hindenburg retired from the army for the first time in 1911, but was recalled shortly ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1847-1934)

Birthplace: Poznań, Poland

Nationality: Prussia, German Empire, Germany

Profession: Politician

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#21 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Generals
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Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. He is known as Chiang Chung-cheng or Chiang Chieh-shih in Standard Chinese. Chiang was an influential member of the Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party, and was ...more

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Age: Died at 88 (1887-1975)

Birthplace: Xikou, China

Nationality: China

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Warlord, Generalissimo

Schools: Baoding Military Academy, Imperial Japanese Army Academy

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#44 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Ferdinand Foch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Generals
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Marshal Ferdinand Foch, was a French soldier, military theorist and the Allied Généralissime during the First World War. At the outbreak of war in August 1914, Foch's XX Corps participated in the brief invasion of Germany before retiring in the face of a German counter-attack and successfully ...more

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Age: Died at 78 (1851-1929)

Birthplace: Tarbes, France

Nationality: France, United Kingdom

Profession: Generalissimo

Schools: École Polytechnique

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#70 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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