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

Items on this list include Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Tommy Franks.

From reputable, prominent, and well known military leaders to the lesser known military leaders of today, these are some of the best professionals in the military leader field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous military leaders ever?" and "What are the names of famous military leaders?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Military Leaders
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Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans", is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle, a peasant family, at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine ...more

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Military Leaders
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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a Turkish army officer, reformist statesman, and the first President of Turkey. He is credited with being the founder of the Republic of Turkey. His surname, Atatürk, was granted to him in 1934 and forbidden to any other person by the Turkish parliament. Atatürk was a ...more

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Tommy Franks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Military Leaders
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Tommy Ray Franks is a retired general in the United States Army. His last Army post was as the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, overseeing U.S. military operations in a 25-country region, including the Middle East. Franks succeeded General Anthony Zinni to this position on July 6, 2000 and ...more

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Abdelhakim Belhadj (Arabic: عبد الحكيم بالحاج ‎, nom de guerre Abu Abdallah Assadaq) is a Libyan commander of anti-Gaddafi forces in the civil war that started in 2011. He is a known Islamist fighter and is a veteran of the Soviet-Afghan war. He was appointed commander of the Tripoli Military ...more